EDINBORO — Jake Nulph, an Apollo-Ridge High School graduate who spent last year as an assistant coach at IUP, has been hired by Edinboro University to coach football.
“We are very excited to introduce Jake Nulph as our new football coach,” Dr. Katherine Robbins, Edinboro director of athletics, said. “We are extremely impressed with his football acumen, character, high energy, and ability to recruit, motivate and develop young men on and off the field. With experience at divisions I, II, and III, he comes to us highly-recommended and we are confident we have an up-and-coming coach to lead our team and restore the proud tradition of Boro football.”
Nulph assumes Edinboro’s head coaching position after serving as the defensive backs and special teams coach at IUP this past year. The Crimson Hawks finished with a 10-2 record and received a bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
“It’s an incredible honor to be chosen as the next head coach at Edinboro University,” Nulph said. “My family and I are extremely excited about the opportunity and cannot wait to meet everyone in the Edinboro community. The Fighting Scots have such a proud program and history and I am honored to be the man to lead these young men into the future.”
In his one season at IUP, Nulph coached and mentored a pair of All-PSAC West selections: Nazir Streater, a first-team pick, and J.R. Stevens, who was named to the second team. IUP led the PSAC in scoring defense (17.3 points), ranked second in total defense (308 yards) and pass efficiency defense (106) and was third in passing defense (199 yards) and third down conversions (32 percent). The special teams also excelled, with the Crimson Hawks ranking second in kickoff coverage (39.3 yards net) and third in punt return average (12 yards).
Prior to joining the IUP staff, Nulph served as the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach at Duquesne in 2018. The Dukes finished with a 9-4 record, winning the Northeast Conference title and qualifying for the FCS playoffs.
From 2014-18, Nulph spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator/special teams coordinator at Westminster College. He helped turn around the Titans program, as it posted three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1995-97.
Nulph played for three years at Robert Morris University, two as a defensive back and one as quarterback, after transferring from Grove City. He was a two-year letter winner for the Colonials and was named a special teams captain in 2004.
Nulph began his coaching career at Robert Morris in 2005 as a graduate assistant in charge of the running backs while working under legendary coach Joe Walton. He served in that role during the 2006 season, then coached the quarterbacks in 2007. In 2008, he was hired as the assistant secondary/assistant special teams coach at his alma mater.
After one season as the defensive backs/assistant special teams coach at Allegheny in 2009, Nulph joined the staff at Saint Francis. He served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator in 2010, then moved up to defensive coordinator in 2011, also serving as the assistant recruiting coordinator. In his final two seasons, he was the co-defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, and recruiting coordinator.
Nulph received his bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Robert Morris in 2005. He completed work on his masters in 2007.
He and his wife, Angela, reside in Apollo with their two young children, JJ (2 years old in April) and Jillian (1 in March).