Nebraska Football Coaching Staff
Chinander has spent the past four 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.
Fisher enters his third 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, the all-time leading tackler in Nebraska history, is in his third 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 returns 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.
Tony Tuioti joined the Nebraska coaching staff just prior to spring practice in 2019. He brought a rich and diverse coaching background into his first season as the Huskers’ defensive line coach. Tuioti boasts 18 years of experience at every level of football. He is in his 10th season as a collegiate assistant, and he was an NFL defensive line coach for two years. Tuioti also spent three years coaching in the high school ranks, including two seasons as a head coach. In addition to his experience as an on-field coach, Tuioti has three years of experience in recruiting administration at the FBS level.
Offensive Coordinator – Wide Receivers
Lubick returns to college coaching in 2020 after stepping away for a season. He was most recently the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for two seasons (2017–18) at Washington helping the Huskies to a 20-7 record over that span. He joined Washington after a year as the offensive coordinator at Oregon in 2016, where he replaced Scott Frost. Lubick and Frost were on the same Duck staff from 2013 to 2015. Prior to joining Oregon, Lubick made coaching stops at Duke, Arizona State, Ole Miss and Colorado State where his father, Sonny Lubick, is the second-winningest coach in Rams history.
Offensive Line – Run Game Coordinator
A former Nebraska offensive lineman, Austin has added run game coordinator duties in addition to coaching the Huskers’ offensive line for the third year. Austin has spent a total of seven seasons working on offensive staffs with Frost, including two seasons as UCF’s offensive line coach. Austin helped the UCF offensive line rank among the national leaders in fewest sacks allowed in 2017. Austin also has three seasons of NFL coaching experience, working on Chip Kelly’s Eagles staff from 2013 to 2015. Austin made 18 career starts as an offensive guard at Nebraska and was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick in 2006.
Verduzco enters his third season at Nebraska with 43 years of coaching experience. That includes serving as both a junior college and high school head coach. Verduzco served as the UCF quarterbacks coach in 2016 and 2017 and directed the development of McKenzie Milton who was one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in 2017. Milton completed better than 69 percent of his passes in 2017, while throwing for 3,795 yards and a school-record 35 touchdowns. Verduzco was Missouri State’s offensive coordinator in 2015, after a 14-year stint with Northern Iowa, working on the same staff as Frost for two seasons. Verduzco spent five seasons at Rutgers from 1996 to 2000, and prior to that coached for 19 season at various levels in his home state of California.
Running Backs – Recruiting Coordinator
Held returned to his alma mater in 2018 and enters his third season coaching Nebraska’s running backs. He also serves as the Huskers’ recruiting coordinator for 2020. Held has 19 years of college coaching experience, including 12 seasons as a head coach. He previously made a name in the coaching community as a successful junior college, Division II and NAIA head coach. Held served as a head coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Highland (Kan.) CC, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Panhandle State and Peru State. Held was part of two national championship teams in 1994 and 1995 as a walk-on receiver for the Huskers, and began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant on Tennessee’s 1998 national championship team.
Veteran coach Sean Beckton enters his third 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.