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In 2019, Kim Nelson-Brown will begin her 24th season as head volleyball coach at Illinois Wesleyan University,

Nelson-Brown’s 23-year overall record is 472-326 (.591 winning percentage) with three College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships (outright in 1997, shared in 2015, and outright in 2018) and five NCAA Division III tournament appearances (1997, 1998, 2015, 2017, 2018). She was chosen as the 2015 Midwest Region "Coach of the Year" by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Nelson-Brown's teams have a conference record of 95-69 (.579 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".

The 2015 Titans earned AVCA Division III national ranking for the first time in school history and were ranked No. 23 heading into the NCAA tournament. IWU won its first-ever NCAA contest, sweeping Dominican 3-0 in the first round. In addition, Nelson-Brown's daughter Tyler was chosen as the AVCA 2015 national "Freshman of the Year".

Since coming to Illinois Wesleyan in 1996, Nelson-Brown has coached 10 All-Americans (Tiffany Hamblin, 2002; Beth Crowley, 2003; Molly May, 2004; Jenna Passananti, 2006; Michele Malinowski and Emily Hagen, both honorable mention in 2008; Kyleigh Block, honorable mention in 2015; Tyler Brown, first team in 2016 2017 and 2018; Maddie Williams, honorable mention in 2017; and Rachel Burkman, honorable mention in 2018); 18 all-region players; 66 all-CCIW selections, and four CCIW "Players of the Year" (Kellie Schmidt in 1999; Crowley in 2003; May in 2004; Brown in 2018).

Nelson-Brown got her 300th coaching win on Oct. 31, 2009, against Wartburg and collected her 400th win on Oct. 30, 2016, vs. DePauw.

In research conducted by the NCAA (July 2009), Nelson-Brown was 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 1993 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.