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Jeff Nelson

Skills Coach

Jeff Nelson is an outstanding addition to the Spiral Volleyball coaching faculty.  His experience as a coach for women’s, men’s, and beach volleyball programs at collegiate, international, and professional levels, as well as his own experience as a player, add depth to our volleyball coaching team.


Nelson graduated from Ball State University where he led his team to the Final Four.  After graduating from Ball State with a degree in Exercise Science, he embarked on his coaching career as Assistant Coach and then Head Coach for numerous programs.  He was the Head Coach at New Mexico, the University of San Francisco, Texas Tech University, UNM Beach Volleyball, and the Minnesota Monarchs of the MVL Pro League.  His overall record as a Head Coach is 519-339.


Most recently, his international coaching experience resulted in his MWC All-Star team winning the Silver Medal at the Global Challenge in Pula Croatia in 2018.


Nelson served as Assistant Coach at Nebraska, Minnesota, and Arizona State.  Both of the Minnesota and ASU teams were volleyball powers and Sweet Sixteen participants.


In addition, he has coached club volleyball which resulted in several players making the Junior National Team; his teams achieved top three finishes at Nationals.  He also served as the Assistant Coach for the Boys Junior National Team in 1991 and Head Coach in 1992.


Some of Nelson’s accomplishments include:


* Starting the Beach Volleyball program at UNM where his teams were nationally ranked

* 8 NCAA Tournament appearances

* 4 Academic All-Americans

* 1 NACDA Player of the Year

* 12 Division 1 All-Americans


In Addition:


* Served on the AVCA All-American Committee for 8 years

* Served as Chair of the AVCA Hall-of-Fame Committee for 4 years

* Served on the NCAA Region committees for Pacific, West, and Central Regions


Nelson turned losing programs into winning operations.  His biggest turn was in 2003 when his team at USF (formerly 6-25) went 23-8 and made an NCAA appearance.  


Jeff retired from Division 1 coaching after 30 plus years.  He continues to play both sand and indoor volleyball, and he competes at the US Adult Indoor Championships every year.