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North Texas Assistant Coach dies in Car Accident

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From the Wise County Messenger 

UNT assistant dies in wreck on U.S. 380

One of the University of North Texas’ top basketball assistants died in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 380 east of Decatur early Friday morning.

Nelson Haggerty, 47, of Denton was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near the Imperial Group.

UNT confirmed Haggerty’s death Friday.

“Our hearts hurt for Nelson’s family, our men’s basketball family, the UNT community and everyone Nelson positively impacted during his life and career,” said UNT Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker in a press release. “Nelson had many special gifts and talents. He was full of positive energy and encouragement, and he will be missed dearly. Please keep the Haggerty family and our UNT basketball family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Haggerty joined the UNT coaching staff in 2019, after spending eight seasons as the Midwestern State basketball coach. He played college basketball at Baylor, where he is the school’s all-time leader in assists.

With Haggerty on the UNT basketball staff, the Mean Green celebrated its first NCAA Tournament victory over Purdue in March.

Haggerty was driving a 2008 Nissan Armada eastbound on U.S. 380 around 2:30 a.m.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter said preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle left the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert.

“The Nissan overturned and went through a fence before coming to rest,” Hunter said.

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