On Thursday, May 31, 2012, Erik Nelson was named the head coach of the Gavilan College women’s basketball team. The announcement came from Dean of Kinesiology & Athletics, Ron Hannon.
Nelson, a graduate of Gilroy High School (2002) and former member of the men’s basketball team at Gavilan College from 2002-04 will begin working immediately to start up the program that has lay dormant since the 2004-05 campaign. Recruiting will be his top priority.
“Ever since I started my coaching career at the collegiate level, Gavilan College has always been where I wanted to be. It has so much to offer our local students,” Nelson said.
After leaving Gavilan College, Nelson transferred to Bethany University to continue his playing career for the next two seasons. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Currently, Nelson is completing his master’s degree in Sports Leadership at Concordia University.
Nelson has served as an assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at both William Jessup University and Dominican University. He also served as a player development coach for Jennifer Azzi at the University of San Francisco. He has been involved in several bay area AAU basketball clubs and has plans to bring a team to the South Bay, something that will strengthen his recruiting efforts. “I’m excited about making Gavilan College a destination and first choice for women’s basketball,” said Nelson.
“We’re extremely excited about what Erik has to offer our student-athletes, Gavilan College, and this community. Being a local, Erik understands the value of our students and what an experience at Gavilan College can offer them, both in the short and long term. He has always been a hard worker whose priorities have always been on the full development of the student-athlete. Having placed high school players into both community colleges and at the four-year level, Erik will be able to extend his knowledge and experience to our student-athletes,” state Hannon.
The Rams plan on opening their 2012-13 season at West Hills College in Lemoore on November 13, 2012.