Ray Nagel

Football Player and Coach
Born May 18, 1927

Raymond Robert "Ray" Nagel is a former American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Utah from 1958 to 1965 and at the University of Iowa from 1966 to 1970, compiling a career college football record of 58–71–3. Nagel then served as the athletic director at Washington State University from 1971 to 1976 and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1976 to 1983.… Read More

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1927 Birth Born on May 18, 1927.


1944 17 Years Old Nagel attended Los Angeles High School and played quarterback for the football team. He was a third team all-city selection his senior season in 1944.
1945 18 Years Old Nagel graduated in 1945 and enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was a three time letter-winner from 1946 to 1949 as a quarterback and halfback for the Bruins. … Read More


1954 27 Years Old In March 1954, he was hired as assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, under head coach Bud Wilkinson.


1958 31 Years Old After a season in Norman, he returned to UCLA as an assistant for three seasons under Sanders, and then became the head coach at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in January 1958, then a member of the Skyline Conference. … Read More
1962 35 Years Old In 1962, he turned down the Nebraska job that eventually went to Bob Devaney, the head coach at conference rival Wyoming. … Read More
1964 37 Years Old Nagel compiled a 42–39–1 record at Utah; his 1964 team was led by quarterback Pokey Allen, running back Ron Coleman, and receiver Roy Jefferson. … Read More
1965 38 Years Old Nagel was 38 years old when he was hired as the 21st head coach of Iowa football in December 1965. … Read More


1968 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Nagel had a 3–16–1 record in two years, and he needed a good season in 1968. … Read More
Most Hawkeye fans felt that the team had turned a corner and were expecting big things in 1969, since Iowa had only five senior starters in 1968. … Read More
In January 1970, Nagel dismissed offensive line coach Gary Grouwinkel for "disloyalty," which Grouwinkel later revealed was his allegiance to Evy instead of Nagel. … Read More
1971 44 Years Old Interestingly, after his conflict as a coach with his athletic director, Ray Nagel never took another football head coaching job, but became an accomplished athletic director himself. Nagel left Iowa in May 1971 to become the athletic director at Washington State of the Pac-8. … Read More
1976 49 Years Old He moved on to the University of Hawaii in June 1976, and served as its director of athletics until 1983. In June 2006, Ray Nagel was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame. Nagel left Hawaii in 1983 to serve as the executive vice president of the Los Angeles Rams.


1984 57 Years Old He served in that capacity just one year before returning to Hawaii to become the vice president of public relations for the Bank of Hawaii in 1984, and held that position until 1989.


1990 63 Years Old He was then named as the executive director of the Hula Bowl in 1990. … Read More
2015 88 Years Old Nagel and his wife Shirley had five children and he lived in retirement in San Antonio, Texas. He died on January 15, 2015.
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