Marshall Nelson Hired As UCLA Gymnastics Assistant Coach

July 2, 2004

UCLA women's gymnastics head coach Valorie Kondos Field announced the hiring of former Nebraska All-American and three-time NCAA champion Marshall Nelson as a Bruin assistant coach.

Nelson was an assistant coach for the women's team at the University of Missouri in 2001 and also coached at Palmers Gym and Dance in Chicago. He has performed on various shows at SeaWorld and with the Norwegian Cruise line.

Nelson won two NCAA titles on parallel bars (1997, 1998) and one on high bar (1997) during his four-year career at Nebraska. He received MPSF Gymnast of the Year honors in 1998 and earned a total of six All-America honors on four events - vault, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar. He was a standout in the classroom as well, earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2000 and twice receiving NACGC Scholastic All-America acclaim. Nelson earned his bachelor's degree in English in 2000.

A native of Greeley, CO, Nelson was a former U.S. Junior National Team member who trained at the Olympic Training Center. He was the runner-up in the all-around at the 1994 U.S. Winter Cup and was a five-year Junior Olympic team member and two-year Junior Elite Olympic team member.

Nelson replaces former assistant coach Milo Johnson, who accepted a coaching job in Australia.

'Once again, I'm excited to have another quality coach and person join our coaching staff,' said Kondos Field. 'Marshall brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and first-hand experience, having been a three-time NCAA champion himself as well as a former U.S. National Team member.'

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