Chad Nice joined Pete Mangurian's staff in December 2011 to work with Columbia’s running backs and assist with special teams.
Working with Nice in 2012, Marcorus Garrett broke out as a first team All-Ivy League selection, amassing 957 yards on the ground to go with five rushing touchdowns.
"Chad Nice understands what we are about to go through in rebuilding our program. He went through it with us at Cornell. Chad was a tough, smart player who loved football," Mangurian said. "He has worked as a young coach to take advantage of his opportunities. Chad's experience as a coordinator adds unique depth to our offensive staff."
Nice came to Columbia after coaching at the United States Merchant Marine Academy from 2008-11. In his first two years, he guided the quarterbacks and the wide receivers before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2010. During that time, the USMMA's offense finished first or second in most major offensive categories, including scoring offense, first downs, and rushing in 2010, and rushing yards, yards per rush and yards per pass attempt in 2011.
Nice earned his bachelor's degree in applied economics and management from Cornell in 2005. He was a three-year starter and letterwinner for the Big Red, playing running back, wide receiver and as a kick returner.