Nevada adds former LSU staffer Ronnie Wheat to coaches safeties

Ronnie Wheat
Ronnie Wheat will coach Nevada's safeties. (Handout)

Nevada has completed its coaching staff with the addition of Ronnie Wheat, who won a national championship this season as a lead defensive analyst for LSU.

Wheat spent the last seven seasons at LSU, rising to the position of lead defensive analyst under coordinator Dave Aranda, who was just named the head coach at Baylor. This will be Wheat's first full-time assistant job at the FBS level.

"We're very excited to bring Ronnie Wheat to our staff," Nevada coach Jay Norvell said in a news release. "Ronnie has coached linebackers and been a recruiting coordinator in his career. At LSU, he was the lead analyst on defense and worked directly with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. He was a major contributor in helping LSU put together a championship defense, which is exactly what we are working to do here at Nevada."

Wheat was a football standout at Millsaps College in Mississippi, where he twice earned all-league honors as a linebacker. He also played two seasons of baseball, helping Millsaps to a No. 1 ranking nationally as a senior, and earned a pair of degrees while at Millsaps.

Wheat worked with Aranda with the linebacking corps in recent seasons at LSU and also assisted in recruiting. He helped coach a group of linebackers at LSU that included a number of NFL draft picks, including Devin White, Kendell Beckwith, Duke Riley, Deion Jones, Kwon Alexander and Lamin Barrow.

Prior to LSU, he coached for five seasons at his alma mater, beginning as a graduate assistant on offense for Millsaps in 2008 before moving back to the defensive side of the ball as an assistant coach in 2009, coaching linebackers. He added the title of recruiting coordinator in 2009.

Wheat is the fifth new assistant coach to join Nevada this offseason, joining defensive coordinator Brian Ward, cornerbacks coach Freddie Banks, offensive line coach Bill Best and special teams coordinator Thomas Sheffield.

The File on Ronnie Wheat

Hometown: Vancleave, Miss.

Family: Wife – Tiffany; Daughter – Ava Lanie.

Education: Bachelor's, Millsaps (2008); MBA (Millsaps (2009)

Coaching Experience

2020-present: Assistant Coach/Safeties, Nevada

2013-19: Lead Defensive Analyst, LSU

2009-12: Recruiting Coordinator/LBs, Millsaps College

2008: Graduate Assistant/Offense, Millsaps College

Playing Experience

Millsaps College (Football and Baseball)

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