Ernie Nestor

Ernie Nestor (born August 19, 1946)

Teams coached: George Mason Patriots, Elon Phoenix
George Mason record: 68-81 (.456)
Elon record: 67-117 (.364)
Overall record: 135-198 (.405)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2018-2020 Wake Forest (special asst. to the HC)
2012-2017 Navy (asst)
2011-2012 Missouri (asst)
2010-2011 Penn State (DBO)
2009-2010 New Jersey Nets (scout)
2003-2009 Elon
2001-2003 South Carolina (asst)
1993-2001 Wake Forest (asst)
1988-1993 George Mason
1985-1988 California (asst)
1979-1985 Wake Forest (asst)
1976-1979 James Madison (asst)

Ernie Nestor Facts

  • Ernie Nestor
  • Born August 19, 1946
  • Hometown: Philippi, West Virginia
  • Alma Mater: Alderson Broaddus University (BA, 1968) / West Virginia University (MA, 1970)
  • Got his career started coaching at Bassett HS (VA), where he was head boys’ coach from 1970-76
  • Joined Lou Campanelli‘s staff at James Madison in 1976, coaching there for three seasons
  • Arrived at Wake Forest for his first of three stints in 1979, spending the next six years assisting Carl Tacy
    • Was part of three NCAA Tournaments and two NITs while on Tacy’s staff
  • Reunited with Campanelli out West in 1985 where he became an assistant at California
  • Became a head coach in 1988 when he was hired to lead the program at George Mason
    • Went 68-81 over five seasons, starting out with back-to-back 20-win seasons and NCAA bid in 1989
    • However, his last two teams each went 7-21 and in 1993, Nestor resigned
  • Returned to Wake, where he was an assistant under Dave Odom from 1993 to 2001
  • Got another shot at head coaching, leading the Elon program for six seasons
  • Spent one year each as a scout with the New Jersey Nets, director of basketball operations at Penn State (under Ed DeChellis) and assistant at Missouri (under Frank Haith)
    • Worked under DeChellis for an additional five years at Navy before retiring from coaching in 2017
  • Came out of retirement in 2018 and spent two seasons as a special assistant to head coach Danny Manning at Wake Forest
  • Along with his wife, Janet, has two daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer

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