Kirk Nelson Joins WSU Soccer Program As Assistant Coach

July 27, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Kirk Nelson will join the Washington State athletic family for the 2004 season as an assistant soccer coach WSU Head Soccer Coach Matt Potter announced Tuesday. Nelson's primary responsibilities will be working on the day to day operations of the program and serving as the recruiting coordinator.

'Kirk possesses boundless energy and enthusiasm. He will complement our existing staff and I am positive as a team we will continue to build on the goals I have outlined for the program,' Potter said.

Nelson comes to the Palouse from Phoenix Ariz., where he coached several different levels of women's soccer, including serving as the assistant for the W-League Arizona Heatwave team and Scottsdale Community College.

'I am excited and thankful to have been provided this opportunity at Washington State University,' Nelson said. 'Working in a superior team environment with exceptional coaches, such as Matt and Lindsay Jorgensen , and outstanding players, like the group at WSU, has been an ambition of mine. I am looking forward to helping the vision of the program come to fruition.'

Nelson has been coaching soccer for 10 years and has been in Arizona since 1997. In the summer of 1997 he started the girls' soccer program at Desert Vista High School where he served as the head varsity coach for eight years. His teams reached regional playoffs five times and State playoffs four times including the 5A State Championship in 2004. At Desert Vista he was honored with the Central Region Coach of the Year award in 2003 and the Arizona All-Southeast Valley and Arizona All-East Valley Girls' Soccer Coach of the Year awards in 2004. In 2003 he earned his 'B' license from the United States Soccer Federation.

In 2004 Nelson was hired as the assistant coach for the Arizona Heatwave, a W-League team, where his primary responsibilities were player recruitment. He also served as an assistant coach from 2002-03 at Scottsdale Community College where he assisted in all team functions including training, recruiting, and serving as an academic and athletic advisor.

Nelson has worked with the Arizona ODP program since 2001, working as a head scout in charge of elite player identification and as a staff coach, working with player development. Four players from his '88 team have been promoted to the U-16/17 National Team. He has also been a Region IV ODP Regional staff coach of the '87 age group since 2002.

Nelson has served as the head coach for the '86, '87, '90 and '91 girls teams of the AriZona Futbol Club since 1999. His '90 and '91 teams reached the State Championships in 2002 and 2003, earning Nelson the AFC Coach of the Year award in 2003.

Nelson played soccer at Virginia Tech from 1989-90 and received his BS degree in finance from the University of Maryland in 1993. He earned his high school teaching certificate from the University of Phoenix in 1997, majoring in mathematics. He and his wife, Michelle, have one son, Brock.

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