Spencer Nelson
Spencer  Nelson

Assistant Coach


(435) 797-0584

Utah State Hall of Famer and alum Spencer Nelson will begin his second season as an assistant coach after being named to the staff by head coach Tim Duryea in August of 2016. Nelson is responsible for opponent scouting, post-man development, recruiting and an emphasis on rebounding.

Under Nelson’s tutelage in 2016-17, sophomore forward Norbert Janicek led the Aggies with a .580 (91-of-157) shooting percentage from the floor and Utah State outrebounded its opponents 35.4 to 34.6 per game.

Nelson, a fan favorite in Logan, was named a Mid-Major All-American and the Mid-Major Player of the Year as a senior in 2005, as he was the only player in the nation to average at least 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Over the course of his career, Nelson peppered his name in the Utah State record book, finishing among the top 20 in 10 career statistics. Additionally, Nelson owns three of the top 10 single-season field goal percentage records, shooting 65.3 percent as a senior in 2005 to rank fourth all-time, and 60.0 percent as both a sophomore and junior to rank tied for ninth all-time in the USU history books.

During his final three years at Utah State, Nelson helped the Aggies to a 73-21 (.777) mark, including a 42-12 (.778) ledger in the Big West as USU shared the regular season championship in 2004 and won Big West tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2005. Nelson was also a three-time academic all-Big West honoree and one of the 16 Aggie greats named to the USU All-Century basketball team in 2005.

Nelson went on and played professional basketball overseas for 10 years, competing in Germany, Italy, Greece and Spain. He retired in 2015 and has spent the last year working in private equity with the Cicero Group in Salt Lake City. Nelson was inducted into the Utah State Hall of Fame in 2015.

Nelson earned an undergraduate degree, dual majoring in accounting and finance, and an M.B.A. from Utah State. He and his wife, Julie, have four children - Hannah, Logan, Tommy and Violet.

Nelson is the fourth former player and the first in more than 20 years to appear on a Utah State men’s basketball coaching staff, joining Reid Newey (1992-93), Jim Boatwright (1989-91) and fellow USU Hall of Famer Jimmy Moore (1988-93).

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