Sherman hires 3 coaches

Updated: February 13, 2010, 8:54 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Head coach Mike Sherman has put the finishing touches on his staff at Texas A&M.

The school announced Saturday that Sherman offered three assistant coaching positions to Steve Steve Kragthorpe (wide receivers), Dat Nguyen (inside linebackers) and Nick Toth (outside linebackers). All three have accepted, but their contracts do pend approval of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

"I have completed my coaching staff and I am very excited about this group of men," Sherman said in a statement released by the school. "Not only are they excellent coaches and recruiters, but they are teachers of the game. I believe we have an excellent mix of solid veteran coaches with some outstanding young coaches."

Kragthorpe is returning to the Aggies after leaving in 2000 to be the quarterbacks coach with the Buffalo Bills. Kragthorpe spent four years at Texas A&M (1997-2000). He was the offensive coordinator from 1998-2000 before working with the wide receivers from 1997-98.

Most recently, Kragthorpe spent three seasons as the head coach at Louisville.

"I am very excited about joining Mike Sherman and the football staff at Texas A&M," Kragthorpe said in a statement released by the school. "I have the utmost respect for Mike Sherman, both as a football coach, and as a person."

Nguyen was an All-American linebacker at Texas A&M. He still holds the school career record for tackles with 517 after starting every game of his career with the Aggies (51 straight).

Nguyen spent the past three years as an assistant linebackers and defensive quality control coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

"I look forward to working with all of the coaches and staff as well as the outstanding Aggie football players," Nguyen said. "I have a great passion for teaching and a great passion to help our team win championships."

Toth joins Texas A&M after serving as the defensive backs and special teams coach at The Citadel last season.

"Nick is a very intelligent, high-energy coach who has benefitted from growing up in a football family as the son of a coach," Sherman said. "He was most recently a part of Coach Kevin Higgins staff at The Citadel and played a part in the resurgence of the Bulldog football program in the Southern Conference. Nick has worked his way up through the system and is recognized by many in football circles as a future star in this business. He will do a great job for us."

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