Former Rutgers football player convicted in rape trial

A former Rutgers football coach has been convicted of raping a student who was a freshman at the school in the 1980s.

Nolan Soderstrom, who was convicted last week, was found guilty on one count of rape and one count each of sexual abuse of a child under 14 and coercion of a minor.

Prosecutors said Soderstal sexually assaulted the girl, who did not testify in her own defense.

He pleaded not guilty in November to two counts of sexual battery on a child.

He was fired by the Rutgers football team in December 1987.

He played five seasons for the New Brunswick team.

Soderstrom was hired by Rutgers in 1982 and became a head coach in 1987.

He left for Penn State in 1993 and coached the Nittany Lions football team, before returning to Rutgers.

His wife, Sue, died in 2003.

He had previously coached at Tulane University, where he coached linebackers and defensive backs for five seasons.

He resigned from Rutgers in February 2005 and was hired as the assistant head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005.