Former men's golfer Andrew Nelson has returned to his alma mater to help the Flames continue their success on the course as the program's new assistant coach.
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).
"I am excited to have Andrew and his family back at Liberty," said Head Coach Jeff Thomas. "Andrew is great leader and is going to have a significant impact on our current and future players, both on and off the course. He has a special ability to interact and communicate with people. His Christian character is evident and I am eager to work alongside of him in establishing an elite golf program."
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.
"I'm excited for this opportunity at Liberty to serve and work with the golf program," said Nelson about returning to his alma mater. "I love the game of golf and I've always wanted to be a coach. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to be here and I'm ready to get to work."
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.
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