RENO, Nev. – Nevada football coach Brian Polian announced today the hiring of Scott Boone as the Wolf Pack’s defensive coordinator.
Boone comes to Nevada from William and Mary, where he was a finalist for the FCS Coordinator of the Year award after guiding the Tribe defense to No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense and No. 8 nationally in total defense along with the 15th spot in third-down defense in the FCS. A veteran coach with more than 25 years of experience, Boone was William and Mary’s defensive coordinator for the past three seasons and the linebackers coach for the past seven years.
“After an extensive national search, we are really excited to announce the addition of Scott Boone to our staff,” Polian said. “Scott brings a wealth of football knowledge to our program and his defenses have produced at a high level in one of the premier conferences at the FCS level. He is a fit within our coaching staff and his philosophy of 4-3 defense will provide some continuity for our players. We would to welcome Scott and his family to Northern Nevada and the Wolf Pack community.”
Boone will coach linebackers at Nevada in addition to his role at defensive coordinator. Polian also announced the second-year defensive line coach Bill Teerlinck has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator.
“Bill Teerlinck will add the title of co-defensive coordinator moving forward,” Polian said. “Scott Boone is the play-caller and will have every opportunity to put his stamp on our defense, but it was also clear to me that Bill should have a greater role and level of input. I have no doubt that Scott and Bill, as well as Ricky Thomas and Mike Bradeson, will work very well together and help our defense make significant strides in 2014 and beyond.”
In addition to the national rankings William and Mary led the Colonial Athletic Association in total defense (305.1 ypg), scoring defense (14.0 ppg) and third-down defense (33 percent). The Tribe was second in the Colonial in rushing defense at 117.7 yards per game allowed and also finished second in passing defense at 187.4 yards per game. The Tribe also was second in red-zone defense and fourth in the conference in sacks.
Prior to his seven seasons at William and Mary, Boone was the head coach for seven seasons at Randolph-Macon, compiling a record of 37-33, including a 22-18 ledger in conference action. In 1997, Boone guided the Yellow Jackets to a share of the ODAC title, going 4-1 in league play and 8-2 overall, and garnered Richmond Touchdown Club and VaSID Small College Coach of the Year honors.
While at RMC, Boone coached 34 players to First-Team All-ODAC honors in his seven seasons. Also, 14 team and individual school records were broken under Boone.
Prior to his stint at RMC, Boone was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., from 1983 to 1996. In Boone's 14 years as an assistant, Wabash posted an 81-38-2 record. In addition to his football duties, Boone was the head baseball coach at Wabash from 1986 to 1997, compiling a career record of 231-219 on the diamond, which ranks him as the school's all-time coaching wins leader. Boone is a member of the Wabash College Athletic Hall of Fame and was honored in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to the program.
In addition to his bachelor's degree from Wabash, Boone holds a Master's of Science - Education in Higher Education Administration from Purdue University, which he received in 1999.
He was married to the former Jessica Spadafora in 2010, and the couple resides in Williamsburg with their son James William Boone, who was born last December. Boone also has a son, Nathan, 19, and a daughter, Delaney, 13.