2014 Football Coaching Staff

Mike Nesbitt
Mike Nesbitt
Head Coach

Phone: 806-651-4413
Email: mnesbitt@wtamu.edu

Mike Nesbitt returned to the WT football program in 2013 as the assistant head coach and coach the offensive line for the Buffaloes.  Prior to the 2013 season, Nesbitt was elevated to interim head coach on Aug. 22 and guided the Buffaloes to an 11-3 season and a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals.  Nesbitt's interim tag was removed following the season on Dec. 9 at a press conference on campus. 

Nesbitt came back to Canyon from the University of Houston where he spent the 2012 campaign as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator.  

Prior to the University of Houston, Nesbitt was the offensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin where he mentored one of college football’s most explosive offenses.  A former Division I student-athlete (New Mexico) and NFL punter for the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, Nesbitt has spent the majority of his collegiate coaching career crafting offensive game pans, including his one-year stint at S.F.A.  

In 2011, Nesbitt had to replace Lumberjack two-time All-America quarterback and 2010 Walter Payton Award winner Jeremy Moses with a first-year quarterback, while also implementing his own brand of offensive football.  Nesbitt’s transition to S.F.A. was a success as sophomore Brady Attaway ranked No. 10 nationally in total offense, racking up 286.9 yards per game, while throwing for 3,181 yards and 27 touchdowns.  Overall, the Lumberjack offense enjoyed Top 15 national rankings in passing offense (No. 6 - 318.8), scoring offense (No. 11- 35.7) and total offense (No. 11 - 439.4), earning Nesbitt recognition among his peers.

Despite replacing the top player in Football Bowl Subdivision play in 2011, S.F.A. nearly equaled its offensive and scoring output, racking up 439.4 total yards (compared to 442.9 in 2010) and scoring 35.7 points (36.3 in 2010).  

Prior to S.F.A., Nesbitt spent four years at West Texas A&M coordinating the offense in 2010 while also working with the Buffalo receivers and quarterbacks. Nesbitt’s offense averaged 529 yards per game in 2010, including 423 yards through the air. The Buffaloes ranked No. 2 nationally in total offense and No. 3 in scoring offense (42.0). West Texas A&M quarterback Taylor Harris also finished third nationally with 400 yards passing per contest, and was among the nation’s leaders with 38 touchdown passes.

Nesbitt coached the West Texas A&M receivers in 2009. The Buffaloes hauled in 355 passes for 4,251 yards, the third-highest total in school history. Nesbitt also mentored current Seattle Seahawks receiver Charly Martin that year. Martin concluded his collegiate career with 95 receptions for 1,867 yards and 22 touchdowns to earn All-America honors.

Nesbitt has 16 years of coaching experience, including 12 years at the collegiate level. He spent two seasons in Brenham, Texas, as the offensive coordinator at Blinn College and helped coach the Buccaneers to a 19-3 (.864) overall record and the 2006 NJCAA National Championship. In addition to the team’s success, Nesbitt’s offense produced several All-Americans. Prior to his two seasons at Blinn, Nesbitt helped Howard Payne produce a 30-10 (.750) overall record in four seasons.

Nesbitt enjoyed a standout playing career at the University of New Mexico, where he was one of the nation’s top punters. He finished second all-time in UNM school history averaging 45 yards per punt as a junior and led the nation in net punting that season. He also spent time in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.

A native of Belen, N.M., Nesbitt received his bachelor’s degree from UNM in 1996. He graduated with a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from West Texas A&M in 2008. Nesbitt, and his wife Camille, have a son, Gavin.

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