Nick Tabacca begins his fifth season on the Wake Forest football staff. Tabacca, who
joined the staff in January 2014, serves as the offensive line coach.
In 2016, Tabacca’s offensive line continued to show improvement. Since coming to Wake
Forest prior to the 2014 season, the offensive line has increased rushing production by
nearly 300 percent while decreasing sacks allowed by 20 percent. He has overseen
the growth and maturity of an offensive line unit that will feature three four-year players
in 2017 for the first time under head coach Dave Clawson.
With the Deacons, Tabacca has been the overseer of a young and improving offensive
line. In 2015, Wake Forest cut its sacks allowed by 17 percent while increasing its
rushing production by over 150 percent.
Tabacca spent two years as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Ball State University from 2012-13. During the 2013 season, the Cardinals ranked among the nation's top 20 teams in total offense, passing offense, passing efficiency and scoring offense while finishing ninth in red zone offense.
While at Ball State Tabacca coached Jordan Hansel to All-Mid-American Conference first team honors and Jacob Richard to All-MAC third team honors in 2013 and Austin Holtz to All-MAC first team honors in 2012, while Jordan Hansel and Cameron Lowry received third-team honors.
The Cardinals had success during Tabacca's tenure, playing in the Beef `O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl in 2012 and the GoDaddy Bowl in 2013. Tabacca was promoted to run game coordinator prior to the 2013 GoDaddy Bowl game against Arkansas State.
While at Ball State, Tabacca was named one of the finalists for the Football Scoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year in 2012. His 2012 offensive line led the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed and ranked 15th in sacks allowed. In 2013, his unit was eighth in TFLs allowed and 17th in sacks allowed.
Tabacca is a 2004 graduate of Ball State and a four-year letterman for the Cardinals on the offensive line. He started 33 games in his final three seasons and was a two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference selection while also serving as team captain as a senior.
He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Ball State in 2005 and 2006 before moving to Defiance College as the line coach, run game coordinator and strength and conditioning coach in 2007. He added offensive coordinator responsibilities for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Tabacca moved to Butler in 2010 as the offensive line coach and became the co-offensive coordinator in 2011 before returning to Ball State in 2012.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Tabacca is a graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School. He and wife Alyssa have four children -- Sophia, Lucas, Lily and Grace.
The Nick Tabacca File
October 31, 1981
Sophia, Lucas, Lily, Grace
Ball State, 2004
Ball State (2000-04) ... Offensive lineman ... Three-year starter ... Started 33 games in his final three seasons and was a two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference selection ... Served as team captain as a senior.