Wes Nurse enters his second season on the UND coaching staff. The former Boise State standout will work with the cornerbacks, which is a position he excelled at during his playing days for the Broncos.
In 2012, Nurse helped junior Chavon Mackey share the team lead in interceptions (two) and pass break-ups (five). Mackey was also third on the team with a career-high 53 tackles.
Nurse arrived in Grand Forks following one season at UC Davis where he coached the cornerbacks for the Aggies. Under his guidance, John Perkins collected second team All-Great West accolades in 2011.
Prior to his stint in California, Nurse served three seasons on the staff at Houston. For the Cougars, he was a quality control assistant working with both the defense and special teams. During his tenure at Houston, the Cougars climbed to as high as No. 12 in the FBS polls (2009) and the 2008 and 2009 UH squads appeared in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Before coaching the Lone Star State, Nurse accepted his first full-time coaching job at The Citadel for the 2007 season. While at the millitary institution, Nurse coached the defensive ends, safeties and outside linebackers. The Bulldogs' defensive unit was the top ranked one in the Southland Conference and he was part of a 7-4 season, which was the first at The Citadel in 10 seasons.
After wrapping up his career at FBS power Boise State, Nurse joined the Broncos' coaching staff for two seasons as a graduate assistant from 2005-06. Three of the defensive backs Nurse worked with during this stint went on to be drafted in the NFL (Gerald Alexander, 2nd round; 2006), Orlando Scandrick, 4th round; 2008 and Kyle Wilson, 1st round; 2010).
In his final season with the Broncos, he helped Boise State coaching staff defeat Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
The Federal Way, Wash., native got his first taste of coaching at the high school level when served as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Captial High School in Boise, Idaho for the 2004 season.
Nurse was a three-year starter at safety and was named first team All-WAC and the Broncos' Defensive MVP in 2003 when he served as the team captain. The Broncos compiled a 52-11 record during his four years on the field and won all four bowl games the team appeared in.
Nurse graduated from Boise State in the summer of 2004 with a bachelors degree in marketing. He and his wife, Valerie, have two sons: Jaiden (11) and Treyvn (2).