Dick Nagy
Dick Nagy

Assistant Head Coach

When Jimmy Collins was named head coach of the UIC basketball program on March 27, 1996, his first official business was to hire former Illinois assistant coach Dick Nagy.

Nagy and Collins served together as assistant coaches to Lou Henson at the University of Illinois for 13 years. Nagy himself, however, was an assistant for the Fighting Illini for 17 years and had developed a friendship with Henson even prior to their Illinois days.

While an assistant at Illinois, Nagy helped guide the Fighting Illini to post-season tournaments 14 of the 17 years which included a string of 12 consecutive post-season appearances. In 1988-89, Nagy was a part of Illinois' most successful season ever as the squad recorded 31 wins and made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. During his 17-year tenure with the U of I program, the Fighting Illini compiled a 361-172 overall record.

Nagy, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., began his collegiate basketball career at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. While a student-athlete for the Cowboys, he captained the basketball squad for two seasons and twice led the team to a 20-6 record.

After earning his bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1967, Nagy then went on to serve as an assistant coach at the school for two more years while earning a master's degree in education in 1969.

Nagy later moved on to start the basketball program at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Ks., in 1969. He served as the team's head coach for seven seasons and in 1973 took on added responsibilities as the school's director of athletics. Following the 1976 season, Nagy moved into private business for one year before accepting the head coaching job at East Central Community College in Union, Mo. He spent the next two seasons at East Central prior to joining the Fighting Illini in 1979.

Nagy and his wife, Janelle, reside in Wadsworth, Ill. Nagy has two children, Robin and Scott. Robin resides with her husband, Michael, and their sons, Matthew, Damon and Derek in Springdale, Ark. while Scott is the head basketball coach at South Dakota State University and resides with his wife, Jamie, and their two sons, Nicholas and Tyler.