Ryan Nielsen
Ryan Nielsen

Position:
Co-Defensive Coord./Defensive Line/Recruiting Coord.

Experience:
2nd Season at NIU

Alma Mater, Year:
Southern California, 2002


10/17/2012

Family First

Sean Progar Finds a Home at Northern Illinois

09/29/2012

Northern Illinois-Central Michigan Postgame Quotes

NIU coach Dave Doeren, CMU coach Dan Enos and NIU players

09/08/2012

NIU-UT Martin Postgame Quotes

Coaches and players

09/04/2012

Northern Illinois Takes on UT Martin in Huskie Stadium Opener

Game Set for 6 p.m. Kickoff; Watch Online on ESPN3

08/20/2012

HUSKIES BY POSITION: DEPTH AND EXPERIENCE ANCHOR THE DEFENSIVE LINE

NIU returns three starters up front on defense

01/03/2013

Huskies Fall to Seminoles

Highlights from the Huskies historic game

12/30/2012

NIU players visit children at the hospital

Players and coach Rod Carey visit children at Baptist Children Hospital

12/28/2012

NIU's Orange Bowl Uniforms

Behind the scenes look at the new uniforms

12/28/2012

The Huskies get some beach time

Lots of sand, lots of food and jet skis.

12/27/2012

NIU arrives in Miami

The Huskies arrive in Miami

Ryan Nielsen added co-defensive coordinator to his duties as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator following Northern Illinois University's 2011 MAC Championship season.

A former defensive lineman at Southern California, Nielsen has mentored five all conference selections and sent two players on to the National Football League in his seven-year coaching career.

In one season under Nielsen, the Huskies ranked second in the league in sacks in 2011 with 28, with defensive ends Alan Baxter and All-MAC selection Sean Progar leading the way with 5.5 each, to rank fourth in the MAC. Senior defensive tackle Ron Newcomb enjoyed a breakout season as he co-led the team and ranked eighth in the MAC in tackles for loss to garner All-MAC accolades.

A native of Los Angeles, Calif. Nielsen came to NIU from Tennessee-Martin where he spent a year as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator for the Skyhawks. Skyhawks' defensive end Tim Cox earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in 2010 playing for Nielsen. Prior to UT-Martin, Nielsen spent two seasons at Central Connecticut State, where he coached a pair of all-conference honorees, including 2008 league sacks leader Ray Saunders, and 2009 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, Lawton Arnold.

Nielsen began his coaching career at Mississippi where he spent three seasons (2005-07) coaching the Rebels' defensive line. His pupils included future NFL-er Jayme Mitchell, freshman All-American Marcus Tillman (2006), 2007 Southeastern Conference sack leader Greg Hardy and first round pick Peria Jerry.

NIU head coach Dave Doeren and Nielsen have known each other since their days at Southern California, where Nielsen was an All-Pac 10 Conference defensive linemen as a sophomore and Doeren was on the coaching staff. Nielsen, a defensive tackle, recorded a career best 39 tackles in 1999.

He graduated from USC in 2002 and signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles and played one season of Arena Football with the Los Angeles Avengers.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2011- Northern Illinois
- Co-Def. Coord./DL (2012)
- Defensive Line (2011)
2010 Tennessee-Martin (DL/Special Teams)
2008-09 Central Connecticut St. (Def. Coord./DL/LBs)
2005-07 Mississippi (Defensive Line)
2004 Idaho (Administrative Assistant)
2002 Southern California (Volunteer)








POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE

2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl (NIU, Defensive Line)
2003 Orange Bowl (USC, Volunteer)
2001 Las Vegas Bowl (USC, Player)
1998 Sun Bowl (USC, Player)

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

1997-2002 Southern California (Defensive Line)

EDUCATION

College B.S., Southern California, 2002

PERSONAL

Birthdate March 20, 1979
Birthplace Los Angeles, Calif.
Hometown Los Angeles, Calif.