UD’s Matt Nagy named NFL coach of the year
Photo by Jordan Burgess/Delaware Athletics February 04, 2019
Former Blue Hens quarterback led the Chicago Bears to a 12-4 record
For four years, Matt Nagy learned and studied as the quarterback under legendary University of Delaware head coach Tubby Raymond.
After leading the Chicago Bears to the NFC North Division championship and a return to the NFL playoffs during the 2018 season, it was clear that Nagy learned plenty from Raymond and many others along the way.
Nagy's accomplishments and leadership of the Bears were recognized during the NFL’s Super Bowl weekend (Feb. 1-3) in Atlanta when the former Blue Hen was named the NFL Coach of the Year.
A native of Manheim, Pennsylvania, Nagy was an All-American and posted a record-breaking career during his time in Newark. He led the Blue Hens to the 2000 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision semifinals and rewrote the Delaware record books, setting marks for career completions (502), yards (8,214), and touchdowns (58), season yards (3,426) and touchdowns (29), and yardage in a game (556). He broke several Delaware records held by Rich Gannon, who later won the NFL most valuable player award. In turn, Nagy had a few of his marks broken by current Baltimore Ravens veteran quarterback Joe Flacco.
After playing several years of professional football at various levels, Nagy grinded his way up the NFL coaching ladder, learning under Andy Reid, Doug Pederson and many others.
Nagy received his first head coaching opportunity in January 2018 with the Bears, where he was joined by former Blue Hen and teammate Brian Ginn, an assistant on staff, and later joined by draft pick Bilal Nichols, who starred on the defensive line for Chicago this past season.
Under Nagy and his staff, the Bears posted a 12-4 record and made the playoffs for the first time in eight years. It was a seven-win turnaround for the organization, who had won eight games total in the previous two seasons.