Katie Nelson is heading into her third season as head coach of the MSOE women's basketball team.
Nelson has led the Raiders to at least 10 wins in each of the last two seasons, extending a program-record to five-straight seasons with double-digit wins. The team went 13-12 in her first season, the fourth-best winning percentage and tied for the fourth-most wins in program history. MSOE has boasted an all-conference selection in each of her first two seasons, including the 2017 NACC Player of the Year in Holly Denfeld. Denfeld was also named a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American.
Nelson had served as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins since 2009-10, helping the team to six winning records in seven seasons and a 123-62 (.665) overall record. She helped the program to regular season championships and the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012. Both seasons saw Hopkins advance in the national tournament with a first-round win. Nelson has worked primarily with guards in her coaching career while assisting in scouting, recruiting and game-planning. At JHU, guards earned nine all-conference awards and one was named all-region.
After a four-year standout playing career at UMass, Nelson got her coaching career started with two seasons with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. She spent one season as a coaching intern and another on the video operations staff before making the move to collegiate coaching. She served on the staff at Navy for the 2007-08 season and New Hampshire the next before Johns Hopkins.
Nelson was a four-year starter at the University of Massachusetts at point guard, serving as team captain as a senior. She capped her career with the Minutewomen as the school's all-time leader in three-point field goals (191) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1:36) and also ranked among the top five in assists (366), games started (103) and minutes played (3,632). During her career, she was named to both the Atlantic 10 and Athletic Director's Honor Roll and was a member of the UMass Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Nelson graduated from UMass with a degree in sports management and a minor in sociology and she completed her master's degree in marketing from Johns Hopkins in 2018. Nelson hails from Ellicott City, Md., and was a three-sport standout at the McDonogh School in Baltimore. She is the daughter of Bill Nelson, longtime head men’s basketball coach at Johns Hopkins. He retired in 2017 after 31 seasons with 606 career wins.