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  Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson

Player Profile

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Experience:
11th Season

Alma Mater:
Southeast Missouri State (2008)

Paul Nelson enters his 12th season with the Southeast Missouri State soccer team and his fourth as the team's associate head coach.

Nelson has drawn on his extensive playing and coaching experience from every level, juniors to professional, providing much valued guidance. He helped Southeast to its most successful season in program history as the Redhawks captured the 2007 OVC regular season and tournament crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

Nelson first entered the professional ranks in 1977 and enjoyed 13 competitive seasons at that level. He competed in the once-heralded North American Soccer League (NASL) in both indoor and outdoor seasons. He also played in the Irish Premier Division. In signing with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the NASL at the age of 18, Nelson had the opportunity to play with and against some of the best players in the world, including Pele, Beckenbauer and Cryuff.

As a staff coach for British Columbia Soccer, Nelson boasted one of the best amateur soccer coaching records in Canada. His coaching successes have included two gold medals, the first in the 1991 Western Canadian Championships, and the second in the 1993 Canada Games.

In 1999, Nelson served as coach of the American Soccer League's Vancouver 86ers reserve team and was the assistant coach for the 86ers in 1992.

Prior to joining the Redhawks staff, Nelson spent four years as an assistant at Florida State, two years at the Canadian western-based National Training Center, and served as an assistant coach for Canada's Olympic squad in 1994.

 
 

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