David Nelson | Head Coach
Office Phone: (828) 884-8337
Coach Nelson began his second stint as the Brevard College head men's golf coach in the fall of 2011. He is now in his fifth season since returning to the Tornados.
Nelson served as the BC men’s and women’s golf coach from 2004-2009 where he successfully transitioned the golf programs from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. He was the first full-time golf coach in BC history and was key in the establishment of the women’s golf team in 2008.
During his time at Brevard, his men’s team finished ranked nationally in the NAIA in 2007 and he had the No. 1-ranked freshman class in the nation in 2007 and the No. 4 ranked freshman class in the nation in 2009 according to Golfstat. His teams won 17 tournaments over a span of five years and under his tutelage the Tornados established the school record for lowest team stroke average (294) in the history of the program in the 2008-2009 season, the lowest in the SAC for the season.
Nelson also served as the BC Men’s Soccer Coach from 2004-2006 where he helped turn the program around, recruiting and coaching the program’s first NAIA All-American student-athlete. He also successfully recruited the largest freshman class in the history of the program in the 2005 season, including a mix of international and domestic athletes, stabilizing the program and facilitating the hiring of a new coach to lead the program in future years.
Prior to his time in Brevard, Nelson served as the Athletic Director of Union College in Barbourville, Ky. from 2000-2003. Nelson helped oversee the transition of Union into the Appalachian Athletic Conference and was also instrumental in a successful building renovation on the campus of Union, resulting in a relocation of all athletic department offices, training room, locker rooms and a conference room. He also established the ACE program at Union, enhancing student-athlete participation in class and was influential in redesigning a fundraising approach in the athletic department.