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Scott Nagy
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Delta State
Graduating Year: 1988
Experience: 1st Year
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Nagy Photos
Scott Nagy Biography
Courtesy: WSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: 04/04/2016

Scott Nagy was named the ninth head coach in the history of the Wright State men's basketball program on April 4, 2016 and he hit the ground running with recruiting, coaching and scheduling.

His first season with the Raiders saw many successes and improvements that will act as a base for the future.  Wright State posted 20 wins, including  the title of the Men vs Breast Cancer Classic.  Also, WSU had a player named first-team All League for the first time since 2011 as Mark Alstork was honored by the Horizon League.

Nagy (NAY-ghee) came to Wright State after 21 seasons at South Dakota State.  During that time, he guided the school from Division II to Division I and compiled an overall record of 410-240 (.631).  Since joining the Summit League in 2007, Nagy's teams have gone 175-119 (.595), earning berths in the NCAA tournament in 2012, 2013 and 2016, an NIT berth in 2015, and playing in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) post-season tournament in 2014.

“Scott has not only achieved great success as a head coach, but he also shares the values and priorities that I believe make our culture special," said Director of Athletics Bob Grant.  "Scott runs his program with impeccable character and puts a tremendous priority on the student-athlete experience, which I believe makes him a perfect fit for us.  I'm very excited about the long-term future of our program with Scott at the helm.”  

“It was clear to me at every step of the interview process that Wright State University has everything in place to have a successful men's college basketball program," said Nagy.  "I'm so grateful for the opportunity that President Dr. David Hopkins and Athletic Director Bob Grant have given us.”

In his final season at SDSU, he led the Jackrabbits to a 26-8 record, winning the Summit League regular season and post-season tournament championships.  They fell to Maryland 79-74 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  It marked their third Summit League championship in five years.

Nagy and his staff have recruited and developed several all-league, academic all-league and all-newcomer team members over the years.  Perhaps his best known player was Nate Wolters, who garnered a host of honors, including being named Third Team All-America as a senior in 2013.  He was drafted in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks.

After a transition to Division I that began in 2004, Nagy’s teams began to hit their stride in 2010. The six years since have produced a .693 winning percentage, three Summit League regular season and post-season tournament championships, multiple wins against Power 5 teams, and the program’s first post-season win against Colorado State in the 2014 NIT.

Prior to the transition to Division I, Nagy led the Jackrabbits to eight Division II NCAA tournaments in his first nine years, including an Elite 8 appearance in 1997. He finished with a .781 winning percentage as a Division II coach.

Nagy is a 1988 graduate of Delta State University, where he helped lead the team to three Division II tournament appearances in his four years.  In addition to setting career records for games played and assists, he also excelled in the classroom, earning Gulf South All-Academic honors three times.  He was inducted into the Delta State Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

After graduating, Nagy joined the staff at the University of Illinois under hall of fame coach Lou Henson. In his two seasons on staff the Illini advanced to the NCAA tournament both years, including a trip to the Final Four in 1989.  He also got to coach alongside his dad, Dick, who was a longtime assistant under Henson.

Nagy and his wife Jamie have five children:  Nick, Tyler, Anthony “AJ”, Natalie, and Naika.


Scott Nagy Year-by-Year

Year
School
Overall
Pct.
Conference
Pct.
Highlights
1995-96
South Dakota State
24-5
.827
15-3
.833
NCC Champions; 1-1 NCAA Division II Tournament
1996-97
South Dakota State
25-5
.833
14-4
.778
NCC Champions; 2-1 NCAA Division II Tournament (Elite Eight)
1997-98
South Dakota State
26-3
.897
16-2
.889
NCC Champions; 1-1 NCAA Division II Tournament
1998-99
South Dakota State
17-10
.630
9-9
.500
 
1999-00
South Dakota State
21-9
.700
12-6
.667
0-1 NCAA Division II Tournament
2000-01
South Dakota State
22-7
.759
13-5
.722
0-1 NCAA Division II Tournament
2001-02
South Dakota State
24-6
.800
15-3
.833
NCC Champions; 1-1 NCAA Division II Tournament
2002-03
South Dakota State
24-7
.774
12-4
.750
1-1 NCAA Division II Tournament
2003-04
South Dakota State
27-7
.794
9-5
.643
1-1 NCAA Division II Tournament
2004-05
South Dakota State
10-18
.357
   
First season in Division I
2005-06
South Dakota State
9-20
.310
     
2006-07
South Dakota State
6-24
.200
     
2007-08
South Dakota State
8-21
.276
3-15
.167
First season in Summit League
2008-09
South Dakota State
13-20
.394
7-11
.389
 
2009-10
South Dakota State
14-16
.467
10-8
.556
 
2010-11
South Dakota State
19-12
.613
10-8
.556
 
2011-12
South Dakota State
27-8
.771
15-3
.833
Summit League Tournament Champions; 0-1 NCAA Division I Tournament
2012-13
South Dakota State
25-10
.714
13-3
.813
Summit League Regular-Season and Tournament Champions; 0-1 NCAA Division I Tournament
2013-14
South Dakota State
19-13
.594
10-4
.714
0-1 College Basketball Invitational
2014-15
South Dakota State
24-11
.686
12-4
.750
Summit League Regular-Season Co-Champions; 1-1 National Invitation Tournament
2015-16
South Dakota State
26-8
.765
12-4
.750
Summit League Regular-Season Co-Champions and Tournament Champions; 0-1 NCAA Division I Tournament
21 Years
 
410-240
.631
207-101
.672
 
2016-17
Wright State
20-12
.625
11-7
.611
 
22 years
 
430-252
.630
218-108
.669