"We feel extremely fortunate to welcome a coach with proven, winning coaching experience at the Division I level. I am confident Jeff will be able to elevate the volleyball program at the University of San Francisco to reach new heights," Hogan said.
Nelson is excited about the opportunity and the challenges waiting at USF.
"I feel this is a great opportunity. This is a great school and a great conference. I am excited about taking on this challenge. There is a lot to sell at USF," Nelson said.
Senior Associate Athletic Director Sandee Hill believes Nelson will be a great fit for USF volleyball.
"We have hired a coach who can make an immediate impact on the program. He has the experience and proven success to make our volleyball program competitive in the WCC and on the national level. Jeff has accepted our challenge with a great deal of enthusiasm and energy," Hill stated.
Nelson compiled an impressive resume at Texas Tech, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in five of his eight seasons. Nelson led Tech to four-consecutive 20+ win seasons from 1995-1998; had more tournament victories than any previous Tech coach (15) and boasted a career winning percentage of .633. Nelson amassed a career record of 166-96 after taking the head coach position in 1995 and finishes his stint at Tech averaging over 20 wins a season.
An excellent recruiter, Nelson produced an American Coaches Volleyball Association (AVCA) All-American, a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and nine AVCA All-Region Team members by seven different players. Nine players earned all-conference honors, including the 2000 Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of Year as well as the 2001 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
Nelson inherits a USF program with only two winning seasons in the program's 26-year history including a 6-25 record in 2003, which makes him uniquely qualified for the task ahead, according to Hogan.
"He has been directly involved with turning programs around, while an assistant at Arizona State and as a head coach at Texas Tech. He's one of the top coaches in the country and will be instrumental in the growth of our program," Hogan said.
Nelson welcomes the challenges and looks forward to building a winner in San Francisco.
"It is a challenge. I met with the players and there is definitely a sense of urgency. The seniors are eager and ready to have an impact on the program. I think they're ready to make a move and that was exciting to see. I think we can really move forward," said Nelson, who is encouraged by the commitment made to the volleyball program.
"Both Sandee and Bill are committed to the program and they've done a great job putting the package together for me. I look forward to this challenge," Nelson stated.