Midwestern State mourns the loss of former men’s basketball coach Nelson Haggerty, who died in a single-car accident early Friday morning.
“Our Mustangs family is saddened to learn of Nelson’s passing,” MSU President Suzanne Shipley said. “He will have a special place in the legacy of our men’s basketball program and in the lives of those he mentored. Our hearts go out to Nelson’s family and his UNT family.”
Haggerty led the program for eight seasons from 2011-19 guiding the Mustangs to five consecutive NCAA postseason appearances including an Elite Eight appearance in 2012. MSU claimed four Lone Star Conference titles under his guidance.
“With heavy hearts, the MSU Texas Athletics family grieves the passing of one of our own,” Midwestern State Athletics Director Kyle Williams said. “Nelson’s positive influence led to great success for our basketball program which reflected on our school and community. He made a great impact not only coaching but as a true mentor to his student-athletes. His teams added to the great legacy of winning basketball at Midwestern State.”
Haggerty spent his first two seasons in Wichita Falls as associate head coach under Grant McCasland helping the Mustangs to consecutive NCAA Division II Elite Eight showings in 2010 and 2011.
Haggerty departed as Midwestern with the fourth most coaching wins (155) and was third in winning percentage (.640). He was twice named Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year (2012, 2016) and was the National Association of Basketball Coaches South Central Region Coach of the Year in 2012 and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Small College coach of the year in 2016.
Haggerty rejoined McCasland serving as Director of Basketball Strategy and Operations at the University of North Texas in 2019 and was on the bench for the Mean Green’s win over Purdue in the opening round this season’s tournament.
Haggerty leaves behind a son and three daughters.