Darrin Nelson, former Stanford football All-American and an 11 year NFL veteran, has a long association on the Farm. He is currently Senior Associate Athletic Director for Program Services.
In his present position, Nelson oversees 11 sports - men's and women's Cross country, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's fencing and women's squash. In addition Nelson also oversees the Strength and Conditioning program and assist with Community Relations.
A 1981 Stanford graduate, Nelson returned to the Farm in 1997 as Assistant Athletic Director for Community Relations. In that position, he served as administrator for the Stanford life skills, community relations and student athlete jobs program. He was named Associate Athletic Director for External Relations in 1999 and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Program services in 2005.
A four-time All-Pac-10 selection and a First-Team All-American in 1981, Nelson was one of the most prolific all-purpose running backs in college football during his career at Stanford. He rewrote the Cardinal record books, and still holds several Cardinal records, including career touchdowns (40) and career rushing yards (4,033). Nelson became the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 1,000 yards and catch 50 passes in a season - a feat he accomplished three times in his four years on The Farm.
In addition to being a standout on the football field, Nelson was also an Academic All-American and a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete as well as a record-breaking track star for the Cardinal.
After leaving Stanford, Nelson went on to a very successful 11-year career in the National Football League. He played for the Minnesota Vikings (1982-89, 1991-92) and the San Diego Chargers (1989-90). Prior to returning to Stanford, Nelson worked for Piper Capital Management, a mutual fund and private equity management firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota.