|Other Position:||Safeties Coach | Special Teams Co-Coordinator|
Nick Paremski begins his second season at Arkansas State in 2019, but his first as safeties coach after spending the 2018 campaign overseeing the outside linebackers position.
Paremski and A-State won eight games and made a school-record eighth consecutive bowl-game appearance last season. He was part of A-State’s defensive staff that helped the Red Wolves conclude the 2018 campaign in strong fashion by not allowing more than 298 yards in four of the last five games, including the Arizona Bowl. A-State also surrendered no more than 17 points in each of the final five outings. It marked the first time in A-State’s FBS history and first time at any level since 1986 that the defense allowed 17 points or less in five straight games. Along the way, the squad had seven defensive players named All-Sun Belt.
Paremski came to Arkansas State after spending 10 seasons at West Texas A&M from 2006-15, including the last three as defensive coordinator, and rejoins the Red Wolves as an assistant coach after also spending the 2016 campaign with the program when the squad won the Sun Belt Conference championship and defeated UCF in the Cure Bowl.
He served as the cornerbacks coach his first season at West Texas A&M before moving to defensive backs and being named the recruiting coordinator for the 2007 campaign. He continued in that role from 2008-13, but was also elevated to assistant head coach during that period.
During his time with the Buffaloes, he helped lead the program to Lone Star Conference (LSC) championships in 2006, 2007 and 2012. The 2012 squad was also Super Region 4 champions and a national semifinalist.
West Texas A&M ranked first in the conference in multiple defensive categories at least once during his tenure, including turnovers forced, pass efficiency defense and passing yards allowed. The 2013 team was No. 7 in the nation in turnovers forced, while also ranking third in tackles for loss. His 2015 defensive unit ended the year No. 8 in the country in turnover margin and No. 19 in tackles for loss.
Paremski coached 12 NFL or CFL players at West Texas A&M, while also mentoring 20 first team All-Lone Star Conference selections. He developed three players named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Back of the Year, one LSC Linebacker of the Year and two LSC Freshman of the Year choices.
Markus Pierce-Brewster, Bryan Johnson, Taylor McCuller and Ethan Westbrooks each signed NFL free agent contracts with the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams, respectively. His defensive unit also produced CFL signees Chris Olson and Kyle Voss.
Paremski developed LSC Defensive Backs of the Year Tae Evans (2010), who signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams, Curtis Slater (2013) and Torian Oakley (2014). He also developed the talents of defensive backs Darnell Johnson, Arseel Shakoor, Bret Jones, Cashmin Thomas, Curtis Jefferson, Caleb Randolph and Jordan Smith, all of whom garnered various postseason accolades.
Prior to West Texas A&M, Paremski served as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville from 2004-05. The 2004 season saw the Javelinas win the Lone Star title and secure and NCAA Division II playoff berth while he was coaching cornerbacks and safeties. He coached three All-Lone Star Conference players, including NFL free agent Michael Bragg who captured All-Southwest Region honors following the 2004 campaign.
Paremski earned his Masters of Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2006, and he also holds his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
His first coaching position came at Holmen (Wis.) High School, where he was in charge of the defensive backs from 2002-04. He helped lead the football team to the Mississippi Valley Conference championship in both 2002 and 2003.
Nick and his wife, Krista are the parents of a son, Huston, and daughter, Alani.