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  • Wide Receivers
  • Born: March 7, 1959, Baltimore, MD
  • 1st Year W/Ravens
  • 21st Year Coaching
  • 15th Year NFL
  • Oregon
  • Mike Nolan  

    The only change from last year�s World Championship coaching staff is the wide receivers coach, Mike Nolan, who in 2000 held the position of defensive coordinator for the New York Jets. Mike, a Baltimore native, was hired on Feb. 15, 2001, replacing Milt Jackson, who will officially retire in October.

    �Mike brings a unique perspective to the wide receivers� coaching position,� says head coach Brian Billick. �Who better to teach receivers on how to beat defensive backs than someone who has spent a few years coaching defenses and stopping receivers?�

    Prior to his one-year stint with the Jets, Nolan spent three years as defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins (1997-99). While Nolan was with Washington, the Redskins captured the NFC East title (1999) and advanced to a divisional playoff game following a Wild Card Game victory over Detroit. In �97, Nolan�s defense allowed the eighth-fewest points in the NFL and finished third overall in pass defense.

    Nolan spent four seasons (1993-96) as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants under then-head coach Dan Reeves. In his first season, the Giants� defense allowed the fewest points in the NFL (205). Nolan joined the Denver Broncos (1987-88) as a special teams coach/defensive assistant and then moved to linebackers coach (1989-92). He coached linebackers at LSU in 1986 and at Stanford in 1983, after a one-year stint as the Cardinal defensive backs coach (1982). In 1984-85, he coached defensive backs at Rice. In 1981, Nolan made his coaching debut as a graduate assistant at Oregon, where he was a four-year letterman at free safety. Nolan participated in the 1981 Denver Broncos� training camp as a defensive back.

    Mike, the son of former NFL head coach Dick Nolan (San Francisco and New Orleans), was graduated from Woodside (Calif.) H.S. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children: sons, Michael and Christopher, and daughters, Laura and Jennifer.

    Coaching Background: 1981 (Oregon); 1982-83 (Stanford); 1984-85 (Rice); 1986 (LSU); 1987-93 (Denver Broncos); 1994-96 (New York Giants); 1997-99 (Washington Redskins); 2000 (New York Jets); 2001 (Baltimore Ravens).

    Last updated on 8/22/01.

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