Texas Tech Head Volleyball Coach Jeff Nelson announced on Thursday that he his resigning his position to pursue other coaching interests. Nelson leaves the Red Raider program as the second-winningest coach in school history.
"It has been an incredible past eight years at Texas Tech," Nelson said. "I am grateful to everyone who has been a part of our program, in particular the student-athletes who have worked so hard over the years to make this program successful. I also want to thank everyone who has supported the program and the Red Raider fans. I appreciate the opportunity I was given at Tech and have been fortunate to be around so many great coach and people. Finally, it is important to me to send my gratitude out to my staff. The people you are around everyday are what make things special. I wish each of them the best."
During Nelson's tenure (1995 - 2003), the Tech volleyball program reached and sustained tremendous success advancing to the NCAA Tournament in five of his eight seasons. Nelson led Tech to four-consecutive 20+ win seasons from 1995 - 1998; had more tournament victories than any previous Tech coach (15) and boasted a career winning percentage of .633.
Nelson's players were highly successful on the court as the Austin, Minnesota, native produced an American Coaches Volleyball Association (AVCA) All-American, a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and nine AVCA All-Region Team members by seven different players. Tech's athletes were also well respected within the conference with nine all-conference selections, eight conference players of the week, the 2000 Big XII Conference Defensive Player of Year as well as the 2001 Big XII Newcomer of the Year.
Academics also flourished under Nelson. Since 1995, the Tech volleyball program has been awarded 25 Big XII All-Academic first-team honors, 10 honorable mention awards as well as four GTE/Verizon Academic All-Americans and the 1996 GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year (Jill Burness).
Nelson amassed a career record of 166 - 96 after taking the head coach position in 1995 and finishes his stint at Tech averaging over 20 wins a season. Associate Head Coach Nancy Todd has been appointed interim head coach. Todd has been part of Nelson's staff since the 1995 season.