NU’s new running back coach is former Husker Ryan Held who was one of the first hires on Scott Frost’s Husker staff. A coaching veteran with 12 years of head coaching experience, Held played with Frost for two seasons at Nebraska in 1995 and 1996 and has coached with Frost the past two seasons at Central Florida.Before joining Frost at UCF, Held made his name in the coaching community as a junior college, Division II and NAIA head coach. Previous to UCF, Held spent five seasons coaching in the junior college ranks as the head coach for two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (2014-15) and Highland (Kan.) Community College (2012-13).
He coached 22 all-conference selections in his final season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and led Highland to the playoffs in 2013 for the first time in the modern era. Held’s first stint in the junior college ranks was as the offensive coordinator for Butler (Kan.) Community College in 2011, when the Grizzlies went 11-1 and ranked second nationally in total offense. KRVN’s Jayson Jorgensen had a chance to talk with Held this preseason. Click here to listen to the podcast.