SIU volleyball assistant coach named head coach at St. Catherine University


Morgan Timms

Assistant coach Todd Nelson speaks to members of the Saluki volleyball team during a time out Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, during SIU’s 2-3 loss to Missouri State in Davies Gym. (Morgan Timms | @Morgan_Timms)

By Sean Carley

SIU volleyball coach Justin Ingram will need to find a new assistant coach to round out his staff next year.

Assistant coach Todd Nelson has accepted the head coaching position at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.

St. Catherine, a Division III school, will be Nelson’s first collegiate head coaching stop. The Wildcats went 13-17 last season and 1-10 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


Prior to joining SIU in 2012, Nelson served as an assistant coach at the University of Denver, Marquette, Indiana State and Minnesota-Duluth.

While with SIU, Nelson helped guide the Salukis to a 101-59 record and their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2015.

He also served as the interim head coach earlier this year when Ingram missed time because of an illness.

During Nelson’s time at Carbondale, SIU had nine Missouri Valley Conference First Team All-Conference players, two earning Second Team honors and five All-Freshman players.

“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity,” Nelson said in a news release Monday. “This was too good an opportunity to pass up and I’m excited to get started.”

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