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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Johnny Nansen Washington Coach
Long Beach, Calif.
Special Teams/Recruiting/Defense Line
Washington State '97
Johnny Nansen was named to Coach Steve Sarkisian's coaching staff in December of 2008. He coaches the UW's special teams and defensive line and also serves as recruting coordinator.
In 2009, Nansen coached UW defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, who finished his career with a school-record 30 quarterback sacks and earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors. Nansen was also a part of a defensive coaching staff that helped improve the team's defensive stats across the board over the previous season. Washington gave up an average of 65 yards and 12 points less than it did in 2008.
Nansen came to UW after having spent the previous five seasons on the coaching staff at Idaho, where he worked with linebackers, defensive line and special teams. He was an assistant on then-Idaho head coach (and current UW defensive coordintor) Nick Holt's staff in 2004 and 2005.
Nansen played his college ball at Washington State, graduating in 1997 after earning three letters as a linebacker (1994-96).
Nansen, a product of Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan High School, began his coaching career as the defensive coordinator at Long Beach Cabrillo High in 1998.
He was then a graduate assistant at Louisville in 1999, where he worked alongside Holt on head coach John L. Smith's staff, before spending one season at Montana State and three at Idaho State.
A standout quarterback as a high-school player at Long Beach Jordan, Nansen earned a degree in business administration. He and his wife, Hale, have two daughters: Makena Lei and Kealie Lei.