Ray Nagel, a
Nagel died Jan. 15 in San Antonio, according to the
A Los Angeles native whose father owned a bakery at the Farmer's Market, Nagel was a star quarterback at Los Angeles High School.
He played at UCLA from 1946 to 1949, first as a quarterback in a T-formation, and in 1948 broke the
Sanders, who went on to lead UCLA to its only national title in 1954, said of Nagel, "He isn't fast. He isn't big. He isn't what you'd call a great passer. But he's a smart field general. He picks up the team. He's what you have to call a winner."
After finishing his playing career at UCLA, Nagel stayed on as the freshman team's coach. He was a varsity assistant in 1951 and 1952 while earning his law degree. He played one season for the Chicago
He got his shot at a head coaching position in 1958 at Utah and after eight years moved on to Iowa. His rocky tenure there included a public feud with the athletic director, Forest Evashevski, and a walkout by 16 black players during spring workouts in 1969, part of a protest by black students demanding reforms on campus.
Nagel left in 1971 to become athletic director at
That year Rams owner Georgia Frontiere hired him as executive vice president to handle general manager duties. Overshadowed by coach John Robinson and John Shaw, vice president of finance, Nagel left the team in 1984.
He returned to Hawaii, where he took an executive position in public relations with the Bank of Hawaii and served as executive director of the Hula Bowl.
Nagel and his wife, Shirley, had five children.