Scott Nelson Named Marist Head Coach

Scott Nelson Named Marist Head Coach

Scott Nelson Named Marist Head Coach

Scott Nelson Named Marist Head Coach

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Marist Director of Athletics Tim Murray announced the hiring of Scott Nelson as head men's lacrosse coach on Tuesday. Nelson brings a tremendous amount of experience as well as a track record of success to the position, having compiled a record of 211-87 (.708) in 21 years as a collegiate head coach at Nazareth and Brown. As head coach at Nazareth, Nelson's teams captured Division III national championships in 1992, 1996 and 1997.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to have a lacrosse coach of Scott's caliber and credentials," Murray said. "I'm energized to continue to build our lacrosse programs with Scott as our new head men's coach. As with all of our programs, we are committed to putting a winning a team on the field, and I'm confident that Scott will help us accomplish that goal."

Nelson was Nazareth's original head coach, and his program hit the ground running. The program compiled an 8-3 record in its inaugural season of 1986, and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1988. After winning the Division III national championship in 1992, Nelson led the Rochester, N.Y.-based school back to the national championship game four consecutive years from 1995-98, with his 1996 and 1997 squads capturing the title. Nazareth posted a perfect 15-0 record in 1996. Nelson's teams also reached the national semifinals five times. He never had a losing season at Nazareth, and finished his time there with 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 13 straight seasons of 10 wins or more.

In 2001, Nelson began a six-year stint as head coach at Brown of the Ivy League. His 2002 team posted a 4-2 record in the Ivy League, giving the Bears their first winning season in league play in five years. Nelson was named New England Coach of the Year in 2004 following a season in which the team finished 9-5 and was ranked as high as 10th in the country.

Nelson began his coaching career at Rutgers, where he was an assistant from 1982-85. He is a 1982 graduate from North Carolina State, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology while enjoying a standout lacrosse playing career.

"I appreciate the opportunity to work at Marist, which is a fantastic institution." Nelson said. "There is a tremendous amount of potential to succeed here. The academics are terrific, the campus is beautiful, and the facilities are top-notch."

Nelson has been inducted into the Rochester Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Hudson Valley Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Nazareth College Hall of Fame. He has recruited and coached over 100 All-Americans in his career. Nelson has also served on the NCAA Lacrosse Rules and NCAA Regional Tournament Selection committees. He has been the chairman of the Division III All-American committee and has served on the USA Team Selection committee.

Nelson and his wife, Lynne, have three boys, Tucker, Jake and Jared. Lynne, a former women's soccer player at Nazareth, is also a member of the school's Hall of Fame.

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