Nevada Promotes Norcross; Hires Spady

By: Nevada Email
By: Nevada Email

RENO, Nev. – Nevada football coach Chris Ault announced two changes to the Wolf Pack’s coaching staff on Wednesday.

Cameron Norcross, who has coached the tight ends and assisted on the offensive line for the past seven seasons, has been promoted to offensive line coach/run game coordinator. James Spady, the offensive coordinator at Grambling State for the past three seasons, will join the Wolf Pack as tight ends coach. He will assist Norcross on the offensive line.

“I interviewed several quality coaches to coordinate our run game and it was clear that Cameron was the right choice,” Ault said. “The continuity he will bring with this offense is extremely important. He’s earned this opportunity.”

Norcross, an Ely native, walked on and starred at Nevada in the 1990s, earning All-Big West accolades.

“I’m very excited to step up to the next challenge and continue the tradition of the great offensive lines produced by the University of Nevada,” Norcross said.

Spady is no stranger to the WAC having starred at former WAC-member UTEP from 1984-1988. After playing three seasons in the Arena Football League, he began is coaching career at UTEP and spent 11 seasons on the Miners’ staff. Among the many players he coached at UTEP was tight end Brian Natkin, a consensus All-American in 2000 who later played in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

He also worked for two seasons at South Carolina State and one season at North Carolina Central before moving to Grambing State with Tigers head coach Rod Broadway. Spady also served two NFL minority internships, one under Mike Holmgren with the Green Bay Packers and another under Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“James brings a wealth of experience to Nevada,” Ault said. “We had the opportunity to observe him first hand in 2008 when Grambling State played here. His three years as an offensive coordinator will be a benefit to our program.”

A native of Biloxi, Miss., Spady graduated from John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas. Spady earned a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice from UTEP in 1995 and is married to the former Barbara Tatum. Together, they have two sons, Jalen Michael and Mason Alexander. Spady also has a daughter, Aidine Kiara Spady.


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