Head coach Tony Amato makes his first hire at the helm of the Wildcat program.
Jan. 22, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's soccer head coach Tony Amato has announced the addition of assistant coach Paul Nagy to his staff.
"Paul Nagy is a great addition to our staff and our program," Amato said. "He is a great coach and recruiter and brings a lot of experience to our team. I know he's excited to join the Arizona family and we're thrilled to have him."
Nagy comes to the Wildcats after spending the previous three seasons on Amato's staff at Stephen F. Austin University (SFA).
"I am thrilled to be a part of the coaching staff here at the University of Arizona," Nagy said. "I want to thank Tony for this wonderful opportunity and I'm excited for the future of this program."
In 2012, SFA posted a 17-4-0 overall record while winning all eight of its SLC games and a perfect 7-0-0 at home. The squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In 2011, Nagy was part of the Ladyjacks' coaching staff that led SFA to a 15-3-1 overall record, a 9-0 league record and the Southland Conference (SLC) regular-season title. Nagy oversaw the defense and goalkeepers, who proved not only to be the best in the SLC but also one of the best in the country. The Ladyjacks' defense posted goals against average of just .416, the fifth-best mark in the nation.
Nagy joined the SFA staff following a two-year stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the men's soccer program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. During his time at Rollins, Nagy helped lead the Tars to a 24-13-1 record. Rollins won the Sunshine State Conference Championship in 2009 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his stop at Rollins, Nagy was an assistant at the University of Central Florida for three seasons (2005-07). At UCF, he coached goalkeepers for two seasons before earning a promotion to the top assistant's spot and adding recruiting coordinator to his title.
The former goalkeeper served as a volunteer goalkeepers coach at TCU, Saint Louis University and LeMoyne College before accepting his position with UCF.
As a player, Nagy competed professionally for the Dallas Burn (MLS), Syracuse Salty Dogs (A-League), Hershey Wildcats (A-League) and Orlando Sharks (MISL). He was a four-year letterman on the Saint Louis University men's soccer team from 1997-2000, earning first-team All-Conference USA and all-region honors in 1999. He also played for a Billiken team that reached the NCAA Division I Final Four in 1997 while also winning four Conference USA titles in four years.
Nagy is a native of Grapevine, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in studio art with an emphasis on graphic design from Saint Louis, graduating with honors in 2002. He is the director of coaching for Nagy Goalkeeping School and Camps.
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