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Walt Nadzak

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When Walt Nadzak left Ambridge High School in 1935, he began a successful journey as a player, coach, and administrator. Walt won seven letters in high school and as a guard and defensive end won All WPIAL and All State honors as a senior. Walt also played on two championship baseball teams in American Legion action. It was then off to Denison University, where he continued to star in football and baseball, being named Little All American in football and was the leading hitter and MVP on the baseball squad. His outstanding play netted him induction into the Denison Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. With his desire to coach, Walt got started at the high school level in Ohio at three different schools between 1960 and 1965. In fall 1965 he got into college coaching at Muskingham, which led to the head football job and athletic director position at Juniata College. Walt spent nine years there and his 1973 squad reached the NCAA Division III national championship game. When he left Juniata, he was the college’s all time winningest football coach. Walt began his stay at UConn in 1977 and twice took teams to a tie for the Yankee Conference championship. He also was athletic director and continued to be heavily involved in various NCAA committees, including being chairman of the District I Football Rules Committee. Walt left the Huskies in 1983 for a position in marketing and development at Eckerd (FL) College. While there for two years, he scouted for the New York Jets, but the lure of athletic administration brought him back to the AD position at The Citadel, where served for more than 12 years. At The Citadel he oversaw dramatic improvement in the entire sports program and continued to be a valuable member of many national and conference committees, including running the Southern Conference baseball tournament. Walt is also a member of the Ambridge Sports Hall of Fame.