UCLA vs. Washington - Jan. 6, 2007 (Photos by Don Liebig, UCLA Photography)
Former Nebraska All-American and three-time NCAA champion Marshall Nelson begins his fourth season with the Bruin program and first as a volunteer coach.
Nelson was an assistant coach for the women's team at the University of Missouri in 2001 and also coached at Palmers Gym and Dance in Chicago. An aerial artist, he continues to perform in various shows, including SeaWorld and Norwegian Cruise lines. In the summer of 2005, Nelson played the part of Adam in the Crystal Cathedral's production of Creation: Once Upon All Time and worked as a stunt double on the feature film Peaceful Warrior.
During his four-year career at Nebraska, he won two NCAA titles on parallel bars (1997, 1998) and one on high bar (1997). He received MPSF Gymnast of the Year honors in 1998 and earned a total of six All-America honors on four events - vault, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar. Nelson was a standout in the classroom as well, earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2000 and twice receiving NACGC Scholastic All-America acclaim. He earned his bachelor's degree in English in 2000.
A native of Greeley, CO, Nelson was a former U.S. Junior National Team member who trained at the Olympic Training Center. He was the runner-up in the all-around at the 1994 U.S. Winter Cup and was a five-year Junior Olympic team member and two-year Junior Elite Olympic team member.