Nesbitt Named to Coaches Hall of Fame

Truman Head Football Coach Gregg Nesbitt was inducted into the Missouri High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Dec. 3.

The 1980 Truman graduate was the head coach at both Columbia-Hickman and Hannibal high schools and just completed his first year as coach of the Bulldogs.

Nesbitt began his high school coaching career in his native Hannibal in 1984 where he led the Pirates to three straight state playoff appearances from 1987-1989. In 1990, Nesbitt returned to Truman to join Eric Holm’s staff as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator of the Bulldogs.

During his three-year stint, Truman was 23-9 and made NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 1990 and 1992.

Nesbitt left Truman in 1993 to take over one of the state’s premier high school programs at Hickman. Over the next 13 seasons, the Kewpies racked up six Missouri Class Six playoff appearances and the 2004 state championship.

He was named the 2004 Missouri Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, the National Federation of High School Sports Regional Coach of the Year and was a nominee for the NFHS National Coach of the Year award.

In 2006, Nesbitt moved back to the collegiate ranks as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Central Methodist University and moved the next year to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

In December 2009, he returned to Truman to lead the Bulldogs.

The Missouri High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame was founded in 1992 and currently features 112 inductees.

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