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Nick Toth
Special Teams Coordinator
Coach Info:
Position: Special Teams Coordinator
Nick Toth was hired as the special teams coordinator for UCF Football in January of 2018.

Toth brought his unique energy to the special teams unit for the 2018 season, helping the Knights complete their second straight undefeated regular season, win another American Athletic Conference Championship, earned a berth to the 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and rose as high as seventh in both the AP Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll.


UCF's special teams played an integral role in the team's success in 2018, blocking a pair of field goals and inducing four other misses, setting the Knights up with the ball at their 41-yard line.

Placekicker Matthew Wright was named American Athletic Conference Second Team All-Conference after connecting on 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts, which was 15th in the nation. He also put up 110 total points on the season, the third most in a single-season in UCF history.

The kickoff team was ranked 30th in the country with just 20.0 yards allowed per return. In downing 16 punts inside the 20, booming 13 punts more than 50 yards and giving up just 13 returns, punter Mac Loudermilk was named Second Team All-Conference in The American and was the recipient of the 2018 Peter Mortell Holder of the Year Award.

Toth came to Orlando after serving as the spurs/nickles coach at the Air Force Academy for one season. He helped the Falcons rank 10th in the nation in opponent passing at 171.1 yards per game. Marquis Griffin was named All-Colorado after notching 66 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and six pass breakups.

Prior to joining Air Force, Toth spent five season at Fresno State, with the first four as the defensive coordinator while also coaching for the inside linebackers. His defense drew 17 All-Mountain West selections and one All-American in safety Phillip Thomas in 2012, a unanimous selection. Thomas was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, won the CFPA Defensive Back Trophy and was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year after leading the nation with eight interceptions.

After having only nine turnovers gained in 2011, the year before Toth's hiring, Fresno State came back in 2012 and recorded the greatest turnover turnaround in the FBS since the turn of the century. Finishing with 35 take-aways in 2012 (ranking fifth in the FBS), the Bulldogs' differential in turnovers gained in one season under Toth was plus-26.

His 2013 defense ranked sixth in the FBS with just over three sacks per game and 40 total on the year and also ranked fourth with 8.2 tackles for a loss per game. Over the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Fresno State and Stanford were the only schools in the country that ranked in the top 10 in sacks both seasons.

Prior to Fresno State, Toth coached at Texas A&M where he was the outside linebackers coach while also serving as the Aggies' special teams coordinator in 2010 and 2011.

In his first season with the Aggies, Toth oversaw the development of linebacker Von Miller, who captured the prestigious Butkus Award during an All-American campaign in 2010. Miller went on to be the No. 2 overall pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was also responsible for coaching the No. 1 kicker in the nation and Lou Groza Award winner Randy Bullock.

Prior to his two seasons at Texas A&M, Toth was the defensive backs coach and special teams coach at The Citadel in 2009.

Toth gained three years of experience working as a defensive coordinator from 2006-08. In 2006, he was the defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at Mercyhurst (Pa.) college and from 2007-08 he was Ashland (Ohio) University's defensive coordinator.

He has great knowledge of the secondary, as he coached the defensive backs at Elon (2005), defensive linemen at Ohio (2004) and defensive backs at Dakota State (2002). Toth was also the special teams coordinator at Elon, spent the 2003 season as the tight ends coach at Ohio and he was a defensive graduate assistant with the Bobcats from 2000-01.

A graduate of Ohio University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in political science, Toth played running back and defensive back for the Bobcats form 1994-99. After graduating, he worked one year on the high school level before returning to Ohio as a graduate assistant. He earned his master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio in 2002.

Toth is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and was born on Oct. 16, 1975. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three sons; Nicholas IV, Michael and Johnathon, and one daughter, Susan.

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