Troy Buchanan’s search for a new head football coach has netted a young man from a family steeped in football tradition and who has accepted the challenge of competing in a strong football conference.
Ryan Nesbitt, who has been an assistant coach at Columbia Hickman for the last three years, arrived last week in Troy, where he was better acquainted with the staff and players in the football program. He succeeds Par Pitts who resigned to go back ‘home’ as an assistant at Camdenton. Nesbitt comes from a respected family of football coaches which includes his father, Gregg, the head coach at Truman State University and his brother, Kellen, who is Truman’s defensive coordinator.
“I’m very excited about this being my first head coaching position and the opportunity the school (Troy) has given me,” said Nesbitt. “I look forward in leading the program under the leadership of Jason (Smith). I promise to work hard and lead a team the community will be proud to support. I know coming to compete in the GAC South will be challenging. At Hickman, we have played many of the teams including Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt West, Wentzville Holt and Timberland, for example. It will be tough each week.”
Nesbitt has been an assistant at Hickman for three years including the last two as defensive coordinator, special teams and offseason strength and conditioning coordinator. The Kewpies earned their first playoff appearance and victory in 2012 since 2004. While there, Nesbitt coached one all-state linebacker and four all-state defensive players. He previously was an assistant at Bowling Green where the Bobcats were a state semi-finalist. He was the varsity offensive line and secondary coach and helped produce two all-state lineman and defensive backs. He also coached at Higginsville for one year.
During his collegiate years, he was the Special Teams Player of the Year at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) where he was second on the team in tackles.
He earned a B.S. in Education at UCM and is certified to teach PE. He graduated from Columbia Hickman in 2005 where he played on state champion baseball and football teams. He was a team captain in football and earned all-state honors.
Nesbitt said there will be a football camp for the high school players July 14-17 and 21-24. More information will follow but kids may call 462-5164 for information.