Tom Nugent, one of modern football's greatest innovators, was the coach who moved Florida State football firmly into major college ranks. In his seventeen years of college coaching, six at FSU, Nugent
developed the "I Formation," now used by a majority of pro and college teams. He also invented the "Power I."|
Arriving at Florida State in 1953, Tom Nugent's six year record as Seminole head man was 34-28-1. Two of his teams went to bowl games. As head coach, Nugent took Florida State from small college
schedule to one in which Georgia, Miami, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Tennessee were opponents. Most significant schedule change in the Nugent era was FSU's first battle with Florida in 1958. Nugent's men
registered the Seminoles' first victories over Miami and an SEC team (Tennessee).
Tom Nugent, who also served FSU as athletic director, brought color and visibility to Florida State football, which took a giant step forward under his able guidance.