Nebraska Football Coaching Staff

Barrett Ruud, Nebraska Inside Linebackers Coach

Scott Frost

Head Coach

Frost returned to Nebraska in 2018 after two years as the head coach at Central Florida, where he inherited an 0-12 program and turned it into the 2017 American Athletic Conference champions. Prior to taking over in Orlando, Frost spent seven seasons as an assistant at Oregon, the last three as the coordinator of one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Frost’s first full-time coaching job was with Northern Iowa where he progressed from linebackers coach in 2007 to co-defensive coordinator in 2008 as the Panthers won two Missouri Valley Conference titles. Frost also had graduate assistant stints at Kansas State (2006) and Nebraska (2002).

Erik Chinander

Defensive Coordinator

Chinander has spent the past six seasons as the defensive coordinator under Scott Frost, the first two at UCF. A 2016 Broyles Award nominee as the nation’s top assistant, Chinander came to Lincoln after leading a dramatic defensive turnaround. His UCF defense allowed 12.5 fewer points in 2017 than it did in the season before his arrival. Chinander’s defense also ranked fourth nationally in takeaways in 2017. Chinander spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as the outside linebackers coach at Oregon, after serving on the Philadelphia Eagles defensive staff in 2013. Chinander has been on the staff of one FCS and two FBS teams that have played in a national championship game.

Travis Fisher

Defensive Backs

Fisher enters his fifth season as Nebraska’s defensive backs coach. A former NFL cornerback, Fisher joined Frost’s staff at Central Florida . Fisher’s defensive backs were a big reason why the Knights recorded 55 takeaways and scored eight defensive touchdowns over two seasons. In 2017, UCF ranked fifth nationally with 18 interceptions. Fisher had two defensive backs earn first-team All-AAC honors and UCF ranked in the top 20 nationally in interceptions. A former Knight cornerback, Fisher was selected in the second round of the 2002 Draft by the St. Louis Rams and played eight seasons in the NFL.

Barrett Ruud

Inside Linebackers

Barrett Ruud, the all-time leading tackler in Nebraska history, is in his fifth year as the Huskers’ inside linebackers coach. Prior to becoming a full-time assistant in Lincoln, Ruud spent two season in quality control at Central Florida with Scott Frost and staff.

Mike Dawson

Outside Linebackers

Mike Dawson returned to Nebraska after a season in the NFL. The Huskers’ defensive line coach in 2018, Dawson coached outside linebackers with the New York Giants in 2019. He first came to Nebraska after two years on Frost’s UCF staff. Dawson’s previous coaching stops include stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Boston College, Akron and New Hampshire.

Bill Busch

Bill Busch

Special Teams Coordinator

Bill Busch was named Nebraska’s special teams coordinator entering the 2022 season. He spent 2021 as a defensive analyst with the Huskers. This is his third stint with the program.  Busch, a Pender, Nebraska, native, was a graduate assistant at Nebraska from 1990 to 1993, and returned from 2004 to 2007, serving as special teams coordinator and a defensive position coach. Over more than 30 years in coaching, Busch has all made stops at Wisconsin, Northern Arizona, New Mexico State, Utah, Utah State, Ohio State, Rutgers and LSU. He coached safeties on LSU’s 2019 national-championship team.

 
 
 
 
Mark Whipple

Mark Whipple

Offensive Coordinator – Quarterbacks

Mark Whipple brings more than 40 years of experience to Nebraska. He was named offensive coordinator in 2022, fresh off a year in which his Pittsburgh offense ranked third nationally in scoring, helping power the Panthers to an ACC title in 2021. Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett finished third in Heisman voting in 2021, his third season working with Whipple. Prior to joining Pitt in 2019, Whipple had two stints as the head coach at Massachusetts, leading the Minutemen to the I-AA national title in 1998, and also held the top job at New Haven and Brown, his alma mater. Whipple also brings extensive NFL experience, spending six seasons in the league with the Browns, Eagles and Steelers.

 
 
Terry Joseph

Mickey Joseph

Wide Receivers – Associate Head Coach

A former Nebraska quarterback, Joseph joined the program in 2022 after spending the previous five seasons at LSU. In addition to winning a national title with the Tigers in 2019, Joseph coached four receivers selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft.  A Louisiana native, Joseph’s coaching career includes stops at Louisiana Tech, Grambling State, Alcorn State, Langston, Central Oklahoma, Nicholls State, Alabama State, Tulane and Wayne (Neb.) State. Joseph played at Nebraska from 1988 to 1992.

 

Donovan Raiola

Offensive Line

Donovan Raiola was named Nebraska’s offensive line coach in 2022.  An All-Big Ten center at Wisconsin from 2003 to 2005, Raiola began his coaching career in his home state of Hawaii in 2012. He joined Notre Dame as a graduate assistant in 2015 and served as the assistant offensive line coach with the Chicago Bears from 2018 to 2021. Raiola is the younger brother for former Husker All-American and Rimington Trophy winner Dominic Raiola.

 
 
 
 

Bryan Applewhite

Running Backs

Bryan Applewhite begins his first season as running backs coach after occupying the same role at TCU in 2020 and 2021. Applewhite began his coaching career at his alma mater, Northern Colorado, in 1999. He has also coached running backs at Wyoming, Montana State, Louisiana-Monroe and Colorado State.

 

Sean Beckton

Tight Ends

Veteran coach Sean Beckton enters his fifth year coaching Husker tight ends. Prior to Nebraska, Beckton spent his entire coaching career in Florida. A 24-year coaching veteran, Beckton spent 19 seasons coaching at Central Florida, his alma mater, including serving as the Knights’ tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator under Scott Frost.

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