Feb. 17, 2006
Nate Nelson, a member of the Cardinal's football staff in 2004, is returning to Stanford as an Assistant Coach for Specialists and Rrecruiting Coordinator, head coach Walt Harris announced.
Nelson was an assistant to the defensive coordinator for the Cardinal in 2004. Last season, he was a defensive assistant coach at Princeton University where he coached cornerbacks. While at Stanford in 2004, Nelson was involved in practice and game preparation, quality control and on-campus recruiting.
"Nate is talented young coach who brings with him experience and knowledge of Stanford University, which is critical in his position," said Harris. "Recruiting is the life-blood of our program and we're excited to have someone of Nate's energy and enthusiasm spearhead our recruiting efforts."
Nelson earned four letters while playing safety at U.C. Davis from 1998-2001. He was the Aggies starting strong safety for two and-a-half years, earning NCAA Division II All-America honors as a senior in 2001. He led the team in tackles, interceptions and pass break ups in '01 as the Aggies advanced to the national semifinals. Following this senior season, Nelson participated in the Paradise All-American Bowl in Utah. During his four seasons, U.C. Davis went 42-8 and qualified for the Division II playoffs each season, advancing to the semifinals during his junior and senior seasons.
Nelson earned a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in African-American Studies from U.C. Davis in 2001. After graduation, Nelson taught health, physical education and English and was a defensive coordinator at St. Mary's High School in Stockton, California for two years.