Dan Nagle: Head Coach (Third Season, 18-33)
On April 14, 2016, Fitchburg State University Director of Athletics Sue Lauder announced the appointment of Daniel Nagle as the school's women's basketball head coach. "Dan's enthusiasm, knowledge of the game, network of contacts, and prior success at the head coaching level make him an ideal choice to lead our women's basketball program," Lauder said.
Nagle comes to Fitchburg State after serving two seasons as the head girls' varsity coach at Worcester Academy, a Class A prep school. During his tenure, he transformed the Hilltoppers' girls basketball program. In his inaugural campaign, Worcester Academy finished with a winning record (13 wins) and returned to the Class A NEPSAC Tournament after missing out the year prior to his arrival. In year two, Nagle's team finished with a record of 21-5. It marked the first 20 plus-win season for the program, which also reeled off its first 10-game winning streak, and made its first NEPSAC Class A Semi-Final appearance in 10 years.
Prior to Worcester Academy, Nagle spent two seasons as the head girls' varsity coach at Bellingham (Mass.) High School. During his tenure at Bellingham, the team made a considerable turnaround in a short period of time. The Blackhawks qualified for the MIAA State Tournament both years, and won the MIAA Division 3 Central Mass Championship in Nagle's second year. In 2014, Nagle was chosen by his peers in the Tri-Valley League as Coach of the Year.
He has previous NCAA Division III collegiate coaching experience as well, having served as an assistant coach at UMass Boston for two seasons (2010-2012).
While serving as Director of Basketball Operations at both Mass Premier Courts and Mansfield Sportsplex, Nagle organized all camps and clinics, and coached several AAU teams of various ages.
He graduated from Emmanuel College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University in 2011.
Nagle currently reside in Plainville, Mass.