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Nic Nelson

Head Men's Basketball Coach, Assistant Athletic Director for Charger Foundation Development

Department: Athletic Department
Phone: 712-279-1761
Office Location: Newman Flanagan 312


  • B.A., Morningside College.
  • M.S., Health Science, Fort Hays State University.


Nic has been the head men's basketball coach at Briar Cliff University since 2011. During his time as a head coach and top assistant, Briar Cliff holds the honor of being one of the winningest men's basketball programs, in all divisions, in the state of Iowa. His program has excelled both on the court and in the classroom. The Chargers are coming off an NAIA Division II national tournament appearance in 2015, and were also honored with a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award.

Prior to becoming the Chargers’ head coach in 2011, Nelson spent four years as the program’s top assistant. Nelson came to Briar Cliff from Central College, where he served as an assistant coach for three seasons. Prior to Central, Nelson was the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Ogden High School, where he was tabbed as the Mid-Iowa Coach of the Year.

The 2001 Morningside graduate was a four-year baseball letterwinner for the Mustangs. The two-time team MVP went on to play two seasons of professional baseball, including a season with the Sioux City Explorers in 2000.

Nelson is actively involved in the community and with several charitable organizations, including St. Michael Catholic Church, Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Camp High Hopes. Nelson and his wife, Michelle, reside in Sioux City with their two daughters, Grace and Claire.