The Dallas Morning News

Assistant, once star at Baylor, dies at 47


DENTON — Nelson Haggerty, once a record-setting Baylor player and a longtime college basketball coach who joined North Texas’ staff in 2019, died in a single-car crash on U.S. Highway 380 early Friday. He was 47.

Haggerty served as UNT’S director of basketball strategy and operations under coach Grant Mccasland, who once called him “one of my best friends.”

Haggerty played at Baylor from 1991-95 and is the Bears’ all-time leader in assists with 699. He averaged a school-record 10.14 assists per game in the 1994-95 season.

Haggerty served as the associate head coach at Midwestern State from 2009-11 during Mccasland’s tenure as the school’s head coach. Haggerty took over as Midwestern’s head coach after Mccasland left the program.

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