Robert Nielson, Snow College athletic director and head coach of the men’s basketball team, announced today that he will be stepping down from his coaching duties.
“It has been a great run coaching here,” said Nielson. “I’ve enjoyed working with outstanding students every day. I’ve accomplished what I set out to do, and I’m looking forward to new adventures.”
Nielson will maintain his duties as the athletic director but leaves his coaching post after 10 seasons, compiling a 188-116 record. Snow College won the conference title in 2017 and 2019 under Nielson’s direction.
The Badgers also made an appearance in the National Tournament for the first time since 1970. During Nielson’s tenure, 23 players have continued their playing careers at the D1 level, and eight former players are playing professionally.
“I’m proud of the players that have come through this program,” said Nielson. “We have always tried to recruit the best players, and, more importantly, good students as well.”
The men’s basketball program maintained a GPA over 3.0 each year and has had more than 40 academic All-Americans.
“I look forward to continuing my role as the athletic director and helping to build successful programs with all of our athletic programs,” said Nielson. “I have a love for Snow College and plan to help in any way I can.”
“We congratulate Coach Nielson on his retirement as head coach and his successful season, which ended with the team being invited to the 2022 national tournament for only the third time in college history,” said Snow College President Bradley Cook.
“Hundreds of student athletes have been mentored by Rob in his 35+ year career, and we acknowledge and appreciate his deep influence both on and off the court. Rob has elevated the Badger Basketball program and will continue to support all students in his leadership roles at the institution. We wish Rob well as he adjusts to life without practices and quieter winter months with his ever-supportive wife, Kathy.”
Snow College will begin the search for a new men’s head basketball coach immediately.