NC State adds Brett Nelson to Men’s Basketball Staff

Brett Nelson has been named an assistant coach for the NC State men’s basketball team, head coach Kevin Keatts announced.

“I’m excited to add Brett to our staff,” Keatts said. “Brett was a talented player that played at a high level and then since deciding to join the coaching ranks has worked under some excellent coaches. He brings head coaching experience to our staff and I think he will be a tremendous asset to our coaches and players.”

Nelson comes to NC State from UMass where he spent one season on Frank Martin’s staff.

Prior to UMass, Nelson was the head coach of Holy Cross for four seasons. The Crusaders compiled a record of 27-84 overall in four seasons under Nelson after he was hired on July 3, 2019.

For five years prior to being the head coach of Holy Cross, Nelson was an assistant coach at Marquette, including spending the last two seasons in Milwaukee as the associate head coach. Nelson helped Marquette develop into one of the top programs in the Big East during his tenure. The Golden Eagles posted an overall record of 97-69 during that time, with two trips to the NCAA Tournament and one to the National Invitation Tournament.

Prior to his time at Marquette, Nelson spent one season as the associate head coach at Ball State in 2013-2014. He was previously an assistant coach at Drake for two seasons, with the Bulldogs tying for third in the Missouri Valley Conference and advancing to the Tournament in 2011-2012.

Nelson served as an assistant coach at Arkansas in 2010-2011, helping the Razorbacks to a third-place finish in the SEC Western Division, and was an assistant coach at Marshall from 2007-2010, with the Thundering Herd going 24-10 and earning a berth in the Tournament in 2009-2010.

Before landing his first coaching position, Nelson served as the director of basketball operations at VCU in 2006-2007 and Colorado State in 2005-2006.

Nelson, was a three-year starter at Florida after a stellar high school career that saw him named to the 1999 McDonald’s All-American team. While with the Gators, Nelson was a member of four NCAA tournament teams, including the 1999-2000 squad that reached the national championship game. At the time of his graduation, Nelson ranked first in school history in 3-pointers made (274) and attempted (689), second in steals (198) and 14th in points scored (1,417). He was a two-time All-SEC selection in addition to earning third team All-America honors in 2001.

After graduating from Florida in 2004 with a B.A. in sociology, Nelson went on to play professionally in Sweden.

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