Marquette associate head coach Brett Nelson was announced Wednesday as the new head coach at Holy Cross. This is the first head coaching opportunity for Nelson, who has been on Steve Wojciechowski‘s staff since 2014.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brett and Jamie Nelson and their son, Eli, to Mount St. James,” AD Marcus Blossom said in a release. “Brett is a dynamic competitor who is a proven winner as a player and coach. He has played for and coached with some of the best coaches in college basketball and has a proven track record of recruiting and developing student-athletes of character who will excel in the classroom and on the court.”
Nelson played for Billy Donovan at Florida and has worked under a number of others coaches within the Donovan coaching tree. Previous assistant coaching stops include time at Arkansas, Ball State, Marshall, Drake, VCU and Colorado State.
“It is an absolute honor to be the next head coach at Holy Cross,” said Nelson. “My family and I are excited for this amazing opportunity. Holy Cross has a rich basketball history while being one of the best academic institutions in the entire country. I’m eager to lead our student-athletes, and, together, we will work relentlessly to reach new heights as a program.”
The Crusaders last reached the postseason in 2016 and have finished under .500 in each of the last three seasons. Previous head coach Bill Carmody announced his retirement last month after four seasons at the helm.
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