Nick Toth back as assistant coach for the football program



Toth previously coached with the Air Force in 2017

Nick Toth has been named the Air Force’s assistant safety coach, according to an announcement from the head coach Troy Calhoun. Toth returns to the Academy at the University of Akron where he was defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. This is Toth’s second stint with the Air Force, as he previously coached the Spurs and Nickels in 2017.

Toth worked the previous season at Oregon, helping coach the Ducks outside linebackers en route to Oregon winning a Pac-12 North title. He coached All-American defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who was a finalist for the Bednarik and Nagurski Awards in 2021.

Toth spent three years (2018-20) with the UCF football program as the special teams coordinator. He brought his unique energy to the special team unit for the 2018 season, helping the Knights finish their second straight regular season undefeated en route to winning another American Athletic Conference championship and a berth at Fiesta. Bowl 2019. UCF rose to seventh place in the Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll. UCF then added a 10-3 campaign in 2019 to qualify for a fourth straight playoff appearance and won the 2019 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

UCF special teams played a vital role in the team’s success in 2018, stopping a pair of field goals and inducing four more misses. Placekicker Matthew Wright was named the AAC’s second-team all-conference after connecting on 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts (15th in the nation). He also scored 110 total points, the third in a single season in UCF history.

The kickoff team was ranked 30th in the nation with just 20.0 yards allowed per return. Knocking down 16 punts inside 20, exploding 13 punts over 50 yards and giving up only 13 returns, punter Mac Loudermilk was named second team in the AAC conference and received the Peter Mortell Holder of the Year 2018.

In 2019, Toth and his special teams featured all freshman performers in the punting, placekicking, kickoff, long-snap, and holding roles. Dylan Barnas has become one of the AAC’s most reliable field goal kickers, with his 15-of-17 (.882) efficiency ranking him 11th nationally. Punter Andrew Osteen averaged 42.2 yards per kick and produced a dozen 50-plus yards. Meanwhile, Otis Anderson ranked sixth nationally in punt returns at 13.2 yards apiece.

Toth went to Orlando after coaching the Air Force Spurs/Nickels for one season in 2017. He helped the Falcons rank 10th in the nation as an opponent passing 171.1 yards per game. Marquis Griffin was named an All-Colorado after making 66 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and six pass breakups.

Prior to his lone season at Colorado Springs, Toth spent five years at Fresno State, the first four as a defensive coordinator while also coaching inside linebackers. His defense earned 17 All-Mountain West selections and a unanimous All-American in 2012 over safety Phillip Thomas. Thomas was a Jim Thorpe Award finalist, won the CFPA Defensive Back Trophy and was Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the Year after leading the nation with eight interceptions.

After posting just nine turnovers in 2011, the year before Toth was hired, Fresno State came back in 2012 and saw the biggest turnover turnaround in the Football Bowl subdivision since the beginning of the century. Finishing with 35 takeouts in 2012 (fifth in FBS rankings), the Bulldogs’ single-season turnover differential under Toth was plus-26.

His 2013 defense ranked sixth in the FBS with over three sacks per game and 40 for the season and also ranked fourth with 8.2 tackles for loss per game. In the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Fresno State and Stanford were the only schools in the nation to place in the top 10 in sacks both years.

Toth coached at Texas A&M where he was the outside linebackers coach while also serving as the Aggies special teams coordinator in 2010 and 2011.

In his freshman season at College Station, Toth oversaw the development of linebacker Von Miller, who won the prestigious Butkus Award during an All-America campaign in 2010. Miller went on to be the Denver Broncos’ second pick in 2011 NFL Draft. He was also responsible for coaching the nation’s No. 1 kicker, Lou Groza Award-winning Randy Bullock.

Prior to his two seasons at Texas A&M, Toth was defensive backs coach and special teams coach at The Citadel in 2009.

Toth had three years of experience as a defensive coordinator from 2006-2008. In 2006 he was the defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at Mercyhurst (Pennsylvania) College and from 2007-2008 he was the defensive coordinator at the Ashland University (Ohio).

Toth coached defensive backs at Elon (2005), defensive linemen at Ohio (2004), and defensive backs at Dakota State (2002). He also served as special teams coordinator at Elon, spent the 2003 season as a tight ends coach at Ohio, and was a defensive graduate assistant with the Bobcats from 2000-01.

A 1999 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Toth played running back and defensive back for the Bobcats from 1994 to 1999. He then worked a year in high school before returning to the ‘Ohio as a graduate assistant coach. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio in 2002.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Toth and his wife, Jennifer, have three sons; Nicholas IV, Michael and Johnathon, and one daughter, Susan.


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