The 2001 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, Andy Nelson, returns to The Farm to begin his third season as head coach of the Stanford women's soccer program. In his second season, Nelson led his 2001 squad to a tie for second place in the Pac-10 and a fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Cardinal finished with a 15-4-2 overall record and a No. 9 ranking in the final NSCAA Poll. Nelson's team went on to advance to the Third Round of the Women's College Cup, and against San Diego State on September 28 he captured his 100th career win. Two Cardinal earned All-America honors, five players were named to the West Region All-America team and six athletes were represented on the All-Pac-10 Teams. Nelson has an overall record of 109-39-12 (.708), and holds a 29-10-3 mark at Stanford.
Nelson spent the off-season on the Region IV Olympic Development Staff which has enabled him to work with the top players and coaches in the West Region. Additionally, Nelson's off-season duties include running camps at Stanford and recruiting.
In his one season with the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, Nelson led the Quakers to a school record six Ivy League wins on its way to an overall record of 13-4-1 and the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Nelson’s team went undefeated at home in 1999, holding its opponents scoreless in seven home games and finishing the season ranked No. 11 in the nation in shutouts (10) and No. 12 in goals against average (0.70).
A 1988 graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education, Nelson began his collegiate career at Penn State as a graduate assistant in the physical education instruction program. He served as an assistant coach of the Penn State men’s soccer program and as head coach of the women’s soccer club team before earning his master’s degree in 1992. Nelson was the men’s assistant soccer coach at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts before arriving at Wellesley College where he coached the women’s soccer team from 1994-1998. In 1998, Nelson led Wellesley College to a 16-2-3 record and the program’s first ever NCAA tournament appearance. Nelson was named New England (Division III) Women’s Coach of the Year in 1996.
In his year at the University of Pennsylvania, Nelson led his team to an undefeated home record of 7-0 (all shutouts) and a scoreless streak to close out the regular season that totaled 474 minutes. Individually, two of his players earned first team All-Ivy League honors, while the freshman goalie enjoyed considerable success in Nelson’s system, tying the school-record for shutouts (10) and establishing a new record for goals against average (0.74).
At Wellesley, Nelson led his team to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, and reached the Sweet Sixteen. The team finished the season ranked 10th in Division III. Wellesley completed the 1998 season with an overall record of 16-2-3, while giving up only six goals all year. The squad finished first in the country with a goals against average of 0.29.
Nelson has been in the soccer business for the past 12 years and holds the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma Coaching License and a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" Coaching License. He has been a member of the Region I Girls Olympic Development coaching staff since 1996 and served as the Massachusetts Girls Olympic Development coach in 1995 and 1997.
Nelson, 38, resides in Palo Alto.