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Nelson hired to lead men’s lacrosse program
May 24, 2011Tweet
Binghamton University has hired Scott Nelson as its head men’s lacrosse coach, the school announced May 18. Nelson has 24 years of college coaching experience, most recently at Marist, where he led the Red Foxes for the last three seasons, earning conference coach of the year honors this spring. In 24 years, he has recruited and coached more than 100 All-Americans and his teams have won at a 68 percent clip and have captured three NCAA titles.
“We are very pleased and excited to welcome Scott to our department,” Interim Director of Athletics Jim Norris said. “He is highly organized and brings a wealth of coaching experience to the table. With his positive demeanor and successful track record, and with the resources and facilities currently in place, we are confident Scott will position our men’s lacrosse program among the top teams in the America East on a yearly basis.”
Nelson served the last three years as head coach at Marist, guiding the Red Foxes to eight wins in each of the last two seasons. His 2011 team finished the regular season by winning seven straight games (program’s longest win streak) and reaching the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament for the second straight year. They went 4-2 in league play to finish as regular season runners-up. His 2010 Marist team won the most regular season games in six years and reached the MAAC tournament for the first time in five seasons.
“I’m very excited to accept the position at Binghamton,” Nelson said. “The opportunity is a perfect fit for me and my family. I’ve always enjoyed working in upstate New York and with the fine educational reputation of the university and the support for the lacrosse program, I believe we can provide a tremendous experience for our student-athletes.”
Before taking over at Marist, Nelson was the head coach at Brown for six years, leading the Ivy League members to a top-10 national ranking in 2004 and 2005. His 2002 squad went 4-2 in the Ivy, giving Brown its first winning conference season in five years. In 2004, Nelson was named New England Coach of the Year after his team went 9-5 and cracked the nation’s top-10.
Nelson made a name for himself while at Division III Nazareth, where he led the Rochester-based school to NCAA titles in 1992, 1996 and 1997. He was the program’s inaugural coach in 1986 and produced 12 NCAA appearances in 15 years, including five national semifinal berths and four straight trips to the championship game (1995-98). Nelson’s 1996 Golden Flyers went a perfect 15-0 en route to the program’s second NCAA crown. He never had a losing season at Nazareth and concluded his tenure there with 10 consecutive NCAA appearances and 13 straight seasons with 10 or more wins. His 177-40 record at Nazareth represented one of the highest win percentages (82 percent) in the nation over that span.
He began his career at Rutgers, where he was an assistant from 1982-85. He is a 1982 graduate of North Carolina State, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and was a standout lacrosse player.
Nelson has been inducted into three Halls of Fame: the Rochster Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Hudson Valley Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Nazareth Hall of Fame. He has served on numerous national-level lacrosse committees, including the NCAA Lacrosse Rules Committee, the NCAA Regional Tournament Selection Committee and the Division III All-American committee (chairman). Nelson was a member of the USA Team Selection Committee and was a finalist for the Team USA coaching staff.
Scott and his wife, Lynne, have three sons, Tucker, Jake and Jared. Lynne, a former elite soccer player at Nazareth, is also a member of that school’s Hall of Fame.
At Binghamton, Nelson inherits a Bearcats team that has advanced to the America East tournament seven times in the last eight seasons, including the 2011 squad that went 7-8 and finished in a tie for second place.