FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State University head wrestling coach Roger Kish announced Matt Nagel has joined the Bison staff as an assistant coach. Nagel has spent the past eight years at Concordia College (Minn.), including the last three as head coach.
“We are excited to have Matt join the Bison wrestling program. He is an outstanding technician and mentor. Not only does Matt bring a great deal of experience and enthusiasm, but is well-respected all over the country,” said Kish, who enters his sixth season as head coach at North Dakota State and eighth year overall.
Nagel was a two-time NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year at Concordia in 2014 and 2016. While keeping Concordia among the top 25 programs nationally, he produced a pair of individual NCAA Division III champions as well as 13 NCAA All-Americans. Concordia also had 18 student-athletes earn National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic honors.
“I am very excited to join coach (Roger) Kish and coach (Jarrod) Garnett. I look forward to the opportunity to coach in the Big 12, and help these young men win conference championships. My family and I are excited to be a part of the Bison family,” said Nagel.
Nagel was a three-time NCAA Division I qualifier for the successful University of Minnesota program and earned All-America honors in 2005. He won 100 matches for the Gophers during his career. He graduated from Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2006 and master’s degree in education in 2008.
A native of Frazee, Minn., Nagel was a five-time Minnesota State High School champion for the Hornets and also claimed three Asics Junior Greco championships, a FILA Junior Greco title and one USA Wrestling Cadet championships. Nagel was inducted into the Minnesota High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014.
Matt resides in Oakport, Minn., with his wife, Dani, and son, McCoy.