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Track and Field Coaching Staff
Billy Nelson
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Other Position: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
City/State: Bakersfield, Calif.
High School: Taft Union
Alma Mater: Colorado
Graduating Year: 2008
Phone: 303-492-5227
Email: william.nelson@colorado.edu

Billy Nelson, a 2008 Olympian, is in his sixth year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Buffalo’s cross country and track & field program.

During his time at CU, Nelson has helped recruit eight athletes who have combined for 24 All-American honors in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. One of his athletes, Pierce Murphy, came to CU as a walk-on, and has earned five All-American awards. Nelson’s athletes have also scored 39 times at either the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation or Pac-12 Outdoor Championships.

In 2015, Nelson saw four of his recruits win conference titles. Kaitlyn Benner won the MPSF indoor 5,000-meter run as a freshman and Erin Clark was first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Pac-12 Championship to win her first title. On the men’s side, Ammar Moussa was the first Buff since 2011 to win the 10,000 at the Pac-12 meet and Connor Winter took top honors in the steeplechase.

Nelson has assisted with seven conference championship teams, as well as two NCAA team championships and a pair of NCAA runner-up finishes.

Prior to joining CU’s coaching staff, Nelson has a successful career. He won the 2011 USATF steeplechase crown, earning a spot on the U.S. roster for the IAAF World Championships. In 2008, Nelson placed second at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to earn a spot on the U.S roster at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

At CU, he was a decorated distance runner, earning All-American honors six times and three Big 12 conference titles. Nelson was a part of the 2008 men’s track and field team that won the first Big 12 outdoor title for CU, the first conference title since 1947 and was a member of the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championship team. He ranks second on the all-time performers list in the steeplechase at CU (8:28.85) and has the third and fourth fastest time in school history.

Prior to attending CU, Nelson was the 2003 USA Junior Cross Country Champion and Junior 5k champion. He was the top American at the World Junior Cross Country Championships with a 26th-place finish.

The Taft, Calif. native graduated from CU in 2008 with a degree in ethnic studies. Nelson is married to the former Alisa Crane. They have a daughter, Arabella, and a son, Noah.