Walter Nadzak graduated from Denison after lettering four years in football and baseball. In football, he earned such distinctions as captain and team MVP his senior year, and was a three-time first-team All-Ohio Conference selection. He also received Special Mention on the Little All-American football team in 1956. Nadzak’s ability also became well known on the baseball diamond. In 1956, he was voted baseball MVP while finishing the season as the second-best hitter in the OAC with a .434 batting average.
After graduation, he served as a commissioned Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as Reserved Captain in 1965. He received his master’s degree from Xavier University in 1968. Nadzak also competed in minor league football in a one-year stint with the Columbus Colts.
His coaching experience is quite extensive. Nadzak has coached at Chillicothen, Utica and Sylvania high schools in Ohio. He coached baseball and football at Muskingum College, and was the athletic director and head football coach at Juniata College. In eight seasons at Juniata, Walt compiled a 45-26-3 record, reached the inaugural NCAA Division III National Championship game in 1973, and left the school’s all-time winningest football coach.
Nadzak was also football coach at the University of Connecticut from 1977-83 where he captured two Yankee Conference championships. In 1983, he took a marketing and development position at Eckerd College in Florida. In 1985, Walt moved to Charleston, South Carolina to accept the position of athletic director at The Citadel. He held that position from 15 years, and was inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Nadzak is also a member of the Ambridge and Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.