RENO, Nev. – The 2016 season will see new influences on the offensive side of the ball and on special teams as head coach Brian Polian announced the addition of two new members of his coaching staff on Friday.
Tim Cramsey will join the program as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after a wildly successful run at Montana State. Marc Nudelberg arrives from Florida and will serve as the special teams coordinator and an offensive assistant.
One of the top offensive minds in FCS, Cramsey engineered a juggernaut offense at Montana State during his tenure. The Bobcats averaged 37.6 points and 475 yards of total offense per game in three seasons under Cramsey. His offense was among the nation’s elite in 2015, his third season at MSU. The Bobcats scored 41.9 points per game and ranked third in FCS and also averaged nearly 520 yards of total offense, ranking fourth in FCS.
Cramsey’s career began at New Hampshire, where he played for and coached under Chip Kelly, who also built a national power at Oregon before moving on to the NFL. Cramsey played quarterback from 1994-97 and coached at New Hampshire from 2003-11, earning his way up to the offensive coordinator role in his final two seasons. He coached the 2012 season at Florida International.
“Tim Cramsey joins us after having orchestrated one of the most productive offenses in the country at the FCS level and we are looking forward to him putting his system in place,” Polian said. “We will continue to do the things we do well, but Tim will have the freedom to install the concepts he has been successful with as we work to grow our offense. I look forward to getting started with Tim and the rest of the offensive staff.”
Nudelberg served as the Gators’ special teams quality control coach last season as Florida posted a 10-3 record and earned a berth in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. Prior to his stint at Florida, Nudelberg spent two seasons on Cincinnati’s coaching staff as a tight ends and special teams coach in 2014 and an offensive graduate assistant in 2013. He arrived at Cincinnati after eight seasons in multiple roles at his alma mater, Florida State.
“Marc is one of the finest young special teams coaches in the country and we are excited about his arrival in Reno,” Polian said. “It was important that we find a candidate that could handle the kicking game because I want to get veteran coach Lester Erb more involved in the offense moving forward and this hire will allow us to do that. Marc will bring great energy as a coach and I have confidence he will be a terrific recruiter as well.”
Both coaches have agreed to terms with the school and the hires are subject to University human resources approval. A press conference will follow next week to formally introduce the new members of the coaching staff.