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HEAD COACH KIM NELSON-BROWN

 

In 2015, Kim Nelson-Brown will begin her 20th season as head volleyball coach at Illinois Wesleyan University,

Nelson-Brown’s 19-year overall record is 379-293 (.563 winning percentage) with one outright College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship (1997) and two NCAA Division III tournament appearances (1997, 1998). She attained her 300th career victory on Oct. 31, 2009 against Wartburg.

Nelson-Brown's teams have a conference record of 71-62 (.533 winning percentage). The 2003 team also won the CCIW regular season title with a 6-1 mark and she was named CCIW "Coach of the Year".

Since coming to Illinois Wesleyan in 1996, Nelson-Brown has coached six All-Americans (Tiffany Hamblin, 2002; Beth Crowley, 2003; Molly May, 2004; Jenna Passananti, 2006; and Michele Malinowski and Emily Hagen, both honorable mention in 2008); 13 all-region players; 56 all-CCIW selections, and three CCIW "Players of the Year" (Kellie Schmidt in 1999; Crowley in 2003; and May in 2004).

In research conducted by the NCAA (July 2009), Nelson-Brown is the 12th youngest coach in Division III with more than 200 career wins and the 16th youngest with more than 200 victories across all divisions.

Nelson-Brown was a four-year letterwinner at Division I Illinois State University, from 1990-93, and was the Missouri Valley Conference "Most Valuable Player" in both 1992 and 1993. She was elected to the Illinois State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

A 1994 ISU graduate, Nelson-Brown was the Redbirds' MVP in 1992 and three-time "Most Inspirational Player." Kim and her husband, Brian, are the parents of a daughter (Tyler, born Aug. 21, 1997) and a son (McCade, born Aug. 15, 2000).

Nelson-Brown is also an associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator for athletics at Illinois Wesleyan and was instrumental in hosting the NCAA Division III national volleyball tournaments in 2007 and 2008.