Mavericks’ Nelson looks to continue success

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September 7th, 2012

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska Omaha women’s golf coach Tim Nelson leads the Mavericks in his tenth year at the helm, and his previous success could help in their transition to Division I.

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Nelson has had success in every conference UNO belonged to while in Division II. In the North Central Conference, Nelson’s 2003 squad won the conference title. Nelson’s 2006 team followed suit with another conference championship. And from 2008-2011 his teams at UNO won four straight conference titles, the last three as a member of the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association. In a recent interview, Nelson said the transition to D-I has been exciting and a learning experience, but the move adds importance to recruiting.

Junior Brook Thilges will lead the Mavs this year as team captain. (Photo courtesy UNO Athletics)

“We are getting a broader territorial look at us,” Nelson said. More players are considering UNO because of its D-I status, he said. “Some of the kids are really excited about it, and some of them don’t understand what Division I sports are,” he said. “It’s more work.”

One former player who understands the dedication required is Rebecca Pollack. Pollack is a former player who lettered all four years for the Mavs and sits in ninth place all-time at UNO in career scoring average at 82.35. Pollack, who graduated in 2011, now serves as UNO’s graduate assistant helping Nelson coach players. “Rebecca actually has been a super leader for me,” Nelson said. “She’s actually been involved and has grown into that leadership. She is both on and off the field… and has done very well.”

Nelson said his program’s track record will help attract top regional talent and that could pay off. But he said he is taking one step at a time and trying to enjoy the ride. “It’s just been a lot of fun,” Nelson said. “The kids have been great. It’s just exciting to build on what we had.”

In an exhibition 18-hole match last weekend, UNO topped the University of South Dakota 316-323. The regular season begins Monday with the Chip-N Club Invitational in Lincoln. The invite will showcase 15 teams including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton University. Rounds one and two take place Monday starting at 9 a.m.; round three is set for Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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