Sarah Nelson has been part of the girls’ field hockey and lacrosse programs at Powhatan School since 2006. During that time, her positive coaching skills and passion for both sports have influenced hundreds of Powhatan girls not only for success on the field but also for life. A graduate of Phillips Exeter and Harvard University, Sarah is no stranger to independent schools. She has extensive playing experience at the Division I collegiate level and on the international level with USA Lacrosse. Coach Nelson was a four-year letter winner at Harvard University in both lacrosse and field hockey and coached at both The University of Vermont and Harvard.

At the end of this academic year, Sarah and her family will be moving to New Hampshire. To say that Sarah’s departure is a loss to our girls’ sports program is an understatement. She will be missed as a coach, teacher, colleague, and friend. So many of Sarah’s players have gone on to play these two sports in high school and college. She inspired them daily with her passion for her sports and her belief in daily physical exercise for a healthy mind and body.

Due to the abrupt end to this school year because of COVID-19, we cannot come together as we hoped to honor Sarah. However, we still want her to know how much we appreciate all she has done for Powhatan’s girls’ sports program. We hope that all of Coach Nelson’s players – both past and present, will take a moment to send a quick message of thanks and well wishes as we send Sarah off to the next chapter of her life. Please record your message and use the link below to drop your personal message off for coach. We will put all the messages together as a tribute to Sarah.

Thank you, Coach Nelson! We will never forget you!!

Send a Personal Message:

Directions to upload your message for Coach Nelson:

1. Record a message on your phone or computer
2. Click here to upload the file: CLICK HERE
3. Just click on the link above and drag/drop or upload your video file. Rename your file like this “Last Name, First name.” So, Mickey Mouse would look like this: Mouse, Mickey