Former men's golfer Andrew Nelson has returned to his alma mater to help the Flames continue their success on the course as he was named the program's assistant coach on July 15, 2016.
During his first year on staff, Nelson helped Liberty finish the 2016-17 season ranked No. 49 in the final Golfstat national rankings, spending each week of the season in the top-50 national rankings. The Flames spotlighted the run with a No. 22 ranking on Oct. 22.
Following a second-place finish at the 2017 Big South Men's Golf Championship, the Flames earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Regional. Liberty was the No. 8 seed at the NCAA Austin Regional, which was contested at the University of Texas Golf Club (par 71, 7,355 yards) in Austin, Texas, May 15-17.
During his second year back on Liberty Mountain, Nelson helped Liberty capture its fifth Big South title in eight seasons when the Flames won the conference championship by a 19-stroke margin of victory over second-place Campbell.
The Flames finished the year ranked No. 42 in the final Golfstat rankings. Liberty posted six top-three team finishes in 2017-18, including a first-place finish at the Oregon's Duck Invitational and the Big South Men's Golf Championship. The Flames wrapped up their season at the NCAA Raleigh Regional in Raleigh, N.C., the team's seventh NCAA Regional appearance in the last eight years.
Nelson started his career at Liberty as a freshman during the 2006-07 season and was a four-year member of the Flames' golf program (2006-10).
Since graduating with a student ministry degree in May 2011, Nelson has worked in the private sector, while remaining connected to the sport that brought him to Liberty.
Nelson spent the summer of 2011 working as part of an urban impact team at Castle Rock Community Church in New Orleans, La., before moving to Holtville, Calif., to work two years as the student ministries pastor at Cornerstone Community Church.
While serving on staff at Cornerstone Community Church (2012-14), Nelson also worked as the Campus Life Director in the Holtville Unified School District. Part of his duties included assisting the men's golf coach with player development and knowledge of the game of golf.
Between his ministry opportunities in Louisiana and California, Nelson spent time working at Ballamour Golf Club in Egg Harbor, N.J. He served as a member of the ground and maintenance staff during the fall of 2011.
Following his collegiate days, Nelson competed as an amateur on mini tours in Georgia and Florida during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He also played in state and U.S. Amateur events.
The native of Port Republic, N.J., played three seasons for the Flames and redshirted during the 2008-09 season. He played in 21 events during this career, posting a 76.8 career stroke average.
As a freshman, Nelson recorded four top-25 finishes, doing so in seven events. He recorded two rounds at par or better during his rookie 2006-07 campaign and his best showing of the season was a 14th-place finish at the William & Mary Invitational.
During the 2007-08 season, Nelson also posted four top-25 finishes in eight events. His best showing of the year was a 13th-place finish at the Troy Invitational to jumpstart his sophomore season for the Flames.
As a senior (2009-10), Nelson played in six events, playing two rounds a par or better. He opened the year with a 22nd-place finish at the Manor Intercollegiate.