Now in his 14th season at Washington College, Rob Nugent has left his mark on the storied history of Shoremen Basketball. In his second season, he guided a team with no regular players taller than 6'3" to a Centennial Conference playoff berth in 2002-03. In 2005-06, Nugent guided the Shoremen to their first conference playoff win in six years and into the Centennial Conference semifinals. The 2008-09 Shoremen came within one game of qualifying for the Centennial Conference playoffs despite a roster featuring 10 freshmen. The following season, Nugent guided the Shoremen to a third-place finish in the regular-season Centennial Conference standings and a spot in the Centennial Conference semifinals. He was named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year following the season. In 2011-12, Nugent's Shoremen returned to the Centennial Conference Tournament as the fifth seed and reached the semifinals.
Nugent came to the school after serving as the head coach of the men’s basketball and baseball teams at Southern Vermont College from 1999-2001. As head coach at Southern Vermont, he was responsible for managing all aspects of the basketball and baseball programs in the college's third year as a NCAA Division III member.
Before Southern Vermont, Nugent served as assistant basketball coach at Williams College gaining experience under Head Coach Harry Sheehy. During his tenure at Williams, his team twice participated in the NCAA Division III Final Four, was recognized twice as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Team of the Year, and was the 1998-1999 New England Champions.
Nugent was also a standout baseball player. Nugent’s baseball experience includes two seasons of playing semi-professional baseball in Ohio, highlighted by a tryout with the Cincinnati Reds organization. Nugent played center field and third base as a semi-pro and for one fall season at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.