Paul Nagy enters his sixth year with the Wildcats as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach Tony Amato. He came to the Wildcats after spending three seasons on Amato’s coaching staff at Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) in east Texas. With Nagy’s 12 years of college coaching experience, he has been able to live and coach all over the country before coming to Arizona.
Last season Nagy helped lead the Wildcats to an 11-5-4 record (7-2-2 Pac-12) for a fourth place finish in the conference. The team earned its third NCAA Tournament berth in four years, and the seniors became the first group in program history to make three NCAA Tournament appearances. This group also won at least one game in each appearance for a total of four NCAA Tournament wins. The seven Pac-12 wins were the most in program history and the two losses were the fewest.
Nagy trained starting goalkeeper Lainey Burdett in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 season, and she saw her best performance with the Wildcats in 2017 with a goals-against-average of 0.81 and seven shutouts, the third-best mark by a goalkeeper in one season.
The 2016 season under saw the Wildcats go 9-9-1 (4-7 Pac-12). They played six matches where they fell by only one goal. Had they converted a few of those games into ties or wins, the team would have earned its third consecutive NCAA tournament berth as they finished 7th in the Pac-12 and the top six teams qualified.
During the 2015 season, Nagy helped lead the Wildcats to a 14-6-2 record, the second best record of all-time for Arizona Soccer. It allowed the team to make its fourth trip to the NCAA tournament, where the Cats advanced to the Round of 16 by topping Northern Colorado and Santa Clara in the first two rounds, respectively.
Nagy assisted in guiding the Wildcats to an 11-8-2 record, the third-highest win total in Arizona Soccer history in 2014. Arizona made it to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history and advanced to the second round after beating Oklahoma State on the road in a thrilling first round game.
In his first season at Arizona, Nagy helped coach the Wildcats to a 9-7-4 record, while competing in the Pac-12 Conference that is considered the toughest conference in the NCAA. The 3-0-3 start for the Wildcats was the best since 1994, which was the program’s inaugural year.
Specializing on the defensive side, Nagy helped coach senior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman to lead the Pac-12 in saves for three-straight weeks during the season. Kaufman also concluded the season leading the conference in saves with 105 and a save percentage of .820 while averaging 5.25 saves per match.
image 48In 2012 while coaching at SFA, the Ladyjacks posted a 17-4-0 overall record while winning all eight of its Southland Conference (SLC) games and a perfect 7-0-0 at home while the squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In 2011, Nagy was part of the SFA coaching staff that led the squad to a 15-3-1 overall record, a 9-0 league record and the SLC regular-season title.
Nagy led 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 a 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 (SSC) 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 the goalkeepers for two seasons before earning a promotion to the top assistant's spot and adding recruiting coordinator to his title. He also recruited and coached goalkeepers Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire) & Ryan McIntosh (D.C. United) who went on to play in the MLS.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 (SSC) Championship in 2009 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
As a player, Nagy was a goalkeeper that played professionally from 2001-2005 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 Midwest All-Region honors. He also played for the SLU 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 University, graduating with honors in 2002. He is married to Caitlin Lowe, Arizona Softball Assistant Coach, and they have a daughter named Harper Nagy.