Nelson Added to Women's Soccer Coaching Staff
May 15, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Kirk Nelson has been named the newest assistant women's soccer coach at Missouri State, head coach Rob Brewer announced today. Nelson replaces Drew Fitzgerald, who is now the associate head coach at McNeese State.
"Kirk brings a vast array of experience with him to Missouri State," said Brewer. "He is very adept in the technical and tactical aspects of the game and his prominent teaching background is unique compared to previous assistants. I am looking forward to having him as a partner as we move this program forward."
Nelson comes to Missouri State after four seasons at the University of Nevada. In 2013, Nelson was promoted to associate head coach after spending his first three years as an assistant coach with the Wolf Pack. In his four seasons at Nevada, he oversaw recruiting for the Wolf Pack. In the last two seasons, he helped guide Nevada to consecutive Mountain West Conference Tournaments including a semifinals appearance in 2012.
Prior to joining the Wolf Pack, Nelson spent a season as an assistant coach at Washington State University. While in Pullman, he served as the recruiting coordinator for the Cougars and helped secure the 37th recruiting class in the nation.
He spent three years at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., as the head girls varsity soccer coach and an honors math teacher. Prior to coaching at Hamilton High School, Nelson coached at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix. During his tenure at the high schools, he guided his teams to a pair of 5A State championships games and recorded 175 overall wins.
Nelson has also served as an assistant coach for the W-League's Arizona Heatwave and the WPSL's Cheetahs from 2004-08 and served as the associate head and assistant women's coach at Scottsdale and Mesa Community Colleges. He also has been a member of the Region IV staff and has coaching experience with the Region II Olympic Development Programs and college soccer camps including Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State, Army, Pepperdine and North Carolina.
He played collegiately at Virginia Tech and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in finance in 1993. In 1997 he earned two post-baccalaureate degrees, one in Secondary Education and one in Mathematics, both from University of Phoenix.
Nelson obtained his USSF National "A" License, the highest coaching certification given out by the federation. He also holds an NSCAA "Premier" Diploma and an NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma. He has been the Lead USSF Coaching License Instructor for Nevada where he instructed the "D" & "E" coaching license courses. In 2012, he was honored with the first ever "Nevada Coaching Educator of the Year" award.
"I want to thank Kyle Moats, Casey Hunt, and Coach Brewer for bringing us into the Bears' Family," stated Nelson. "This is a wonderful opportunity for many reasons. First, Missouri State University is committed to achievement in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. Next, I got a true sense of a family culture on my visit to campus and the Springfield area. Finally, the team, administration, coaches, and facilities are exceptional and I am extremely excited to work with Coach Brewer, a well-respected, veteran of the game who has a clear vision for the continuous development of the team and program."
Nelson will be relocating to the Springfield area with his wife, Michele, and their two children, Brock & Brynn. His hire is pending final approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its next meeting.
The MSU women's soccer team will move into its new home, the Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium this fall. The 2014 schedule is being finalized and should be announced in the coming weeks.