Position: Teaches 4/5 Sports and Upper School Coach
Education: Harvard University-A.B.,University of Vermont-M.E.D
Certifications/Licensures: ACSI certified in Elementary Education – K-3
Years of Teaching Experience: 9
Years at Powhatan: 9
Bio: Coach Nelson is the physical education teacher for 4th and 5th grades at Powhatan and is the head girls lacrosse coach. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH), she 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. Nelson was a four-year letterwinner at Harvard University in both lacrosse and field hockey, and coached at both The University of Vermont and Harvard from 1995–2007. She coaches both girls field hockey and lacrosse.
In April of 2015 she was inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Highlights of Coach Nelson’s career include:
- 1987–1990 Phillips Exeter Academy, NH Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse
- 1990–1994 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 4-year letterwinner, Field Hockey and Lacrosse
- 1993–2005 US Women’s Lacrosse Squad
- 1996, US Team tour to England
- 2000, US Team tour to Australia
- 1997, US World Cup Team, Gold Medal. Host country: Japan
- 2001, US World Cup Team, Gold Medal. Host country: England
- 2005, US World Cup Team, Silver Medal. Host country: USA
- 1994–1995 Mary Institute/St. Louis Country Day School, MO. JV Field Hockey, Varsity Lacrosse.
- 1995–1997 Assistant Coach, Women’s Lacrosse, University of Vermont.
- 1998–2000 Head Coach, Women’s Lacrosse, University of Vermont.
- 2001–2003 Assistant Coach, Women’s Lacrosse, Harvard University.
- 2004–2007 Head Coach, Women’s Lacrosse, Harvard University.
- Fall 2007 Started volunteering at Powhatan for Field Hockey and Lacrosse! Head Coach as of 2010.