Scott Nelson
Scott Nelson
Position: Head Coach
Scott Nelson, the 2004 New England Coach of the Year, is entering his fifth season as head coach of the Brown men's lacrosse team. Nelson, winner of over 200 career games, has rebuilt and crafted a young Brown team to where they are now on the verge of earning an NCAA Tournament berth. Nelson's 2004 Brown lacrosse team was ranked as high as 10th nationally and finished the season with a 9-5 overall record. He also joined the lacrosse coaching elite with his 200th career victory. Nelson, who directed the Nazareth College men's lacrosse team to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances in 15 years as head coach, is the fourth head coach in Brown lacrosse history. Nelson's 2002 Brown team posted a 7-7 overall record and played for the Ivy Championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament on the final day of the season. Nelson's squad finished second in the Ivy League standings with a 4-2 mark, Brown's first winning Ivy season since 1997. Nelson registered a 6-8 record in his inaugural season as head coach of the Bears' lacrosse team, despite losing his top three scorers due to injury. His young, inexperienced, but spirited squad, knocked Cornell out of Ivy and NCAA contention with a stunning win over the Big Red. Nelson's 2004 team will be youthful and talented as he continues to build toward his trademark team that is big, fast and strong, and plays with enthusiasm and intensity. A native of Yorktown, New York, Nelson became Nazareth's first lacrosse coach in 1985 and immediately built the program to a national contender. In 1988, Nelson's team earned its first NCAA Playoff berth, getting to the NCAA Tournament faster than any team in collegiate athletics. He won NCAA Division III National Championships in 1992, 1996, and 1997 and was national runner-up in 1995 and 1998. He also had National Semifinal finishes in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 2000. A 1982 graduate of North Carolina State University, Nelson was a standout lacrosse player while earning a BA degree in Psychology. Nelson began his coaching career at Rutgers where he was an assistant coach from 1982 - 1985. Nelson compiled a career record of 177-40 at Nazareth, including a 13-1 record in 2000, guiding the Golden Flyers to 11 consecutive NCAA Playoff berths. He was named the Empire Eight Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and was the Super Six Conference Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999. In 1994, he was chosen to coach the North team in the annual North-South Senior All-Star game. Nelson has been inducted into both the Hudson Valley Chapter and the Rochester/Western New York Chapter of the Lacrosse Foundation's Hall of Fame. In 1998, he was honored as the recipient of the Rochester Press-Radio Club's Elliott Cushing Award, presented annually to a local person who has excelled on a national level. He and his wife, Lynne, live in North Kingstown, RI with their three boys, Tucker, Jake and Jared. Scott Nelson's Career Record
1988113NazarethNCAA Quarterfinalist
1989115NazarethNCAA Semifinalist
1990115NazarethECAC Champions
1991122NazarethNCAA Semifinalist
1992141NazarethNCAA Champions
1993103NazarethNCAA Semifinalist
1994122NazarethNCAA Semifinalist
1995141NazarethNCAA Finalist
1996150NazarethNCAA Champions
1997133NazarethNCAA Champions
1998133NazarethNCAA Finalist
1999123NazarethNCAA First Round
2000131NazarethNCAA Semifinalist

Career Record:  203-70, 19 years