Katie Nelson is in her first season as head coach of the MSOE women's basketball team.
“We are excited to welcome Katie Nelson to the MSOE athletic department,” MSOE Director of Athletics Brian Miller said. “Katie's background in basketball and specifically at a high academic institution made her an ideal choice for the job.”
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.
“I am thrilled and honored to be chosen as the next head women’s basketball coach at MSOE,” Nelson said. “I would like to thank Tim Valley, Brian Miller and the entire search committee for this tremendous opportunity. MSOE is a special place with a great academic and athletic tradition and I look forward to being part of the community. I am extremely excited to get to know our student-athletes and continue building on the success of the program.”
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. She 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 completed his 30th season leading the Blue Jays in 2015-16.