Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Myers Park hires fmr Prov Day coach Barbara Nelson as girls basketball coach

After five years at Wingate University, Barbara Nelson -- one of the most successful coaches in N.C. history -- is coming back to high school.

Myers Park athletics director Rick Lewis said the Mustangs have hired Nelson to coach the girls basketball team. The former Wingate head women’s coach will replace Dustin Terrel, who resigned to become an assistant at Wingate under new coach Ann Hancock, a longtime former North Carolina assistant coach.

Nelson, 49, resigned at Wingate in May. She’ll start her 27th season as a head coach in November.

“Wingate is a great place to work, with wonderful people,” Nelson said, “but college coaching is very difficult. College is a business and a good bit of your job is the business. At heart, I’m a high school coach. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever coach college again. It was a great ride (at Wingate) and a great five years. I really enjoyed it, but it was time for us to go our separate ways.”

Nelson was 101-51 at Wingate with three NCAA tournament appearances. Her teams won one regular-season South Atlantic conference championship and two tournament titles. Wingate also made one NCAA Elite Eight appearance under Nelson, who was the 2008 South Atlantic conference coach of the year.

Nelson has coached two USA Basketball junior teams to gold medals and was named USA Basketball Developmental coach of the year in 2010.

Before Wingate, Nelson was head girls coach at Providence Day for 21 years. Her teams were 437-176 with seven state cahmpionships and nine conference championships. Nelson’s teams won a record five Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 championships and she was named Observer girls coach of the year a record five times.

At Myers Park, Nelson plans to teach physical education, pending completing entry requirements to teach in N.C. public schools.

She’ll inherit a team that returns nine of 13 players from last season when Myers Park finished 31-1 and reached the N.C. 4A Western Regional championship game -- or N.C. state semifinal.

Nelson said her team will face high expectations.

“Every team has a plateau they can reach by showing up and doing some work to get there,” she said. “But it requires having players who want to work and want to buy into a team philosophy and having a coach who wants to push them. I want to be a coach who can push a team to reach their highest plateau. What that will be I don’t know. I haven’t met these kids yet and haven’t been in the gym with them.”

One thing Nelson does know is that she’s looking forward to the challenge.

“I think change is good,” she said. “It gets you excited about things and thinking about things you haven’t thought about. I think this is going to be fun.”

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone tell Barb that it's a little harder to recruit in CMS than Prov. Day?

Anonymous said...

She never recruited...when you are a good coach kids want to play for you...and in case you are wondering it has been proven that she never recruited so you should get your facts right before talking

Anonymous said...

Really?!? She hasn't coached her first game and someone is already making false claims. I played for her at PDS and I was recruited to go there, I wanted to go there!!! She's a great coach and a even better person.

Anonymous said...

That was supposed to read I wasn't recruited to go there!!! Some people desire PDS for its academics. A great coach and basketball program is simply a plus.

Anonymous said...

Give it a couple months and the news about what went down at Wingate will come out. She did not resign on her own accord-she was forced out. NCAA sanctions are on their way... I wonder if Terrel knew this before he left. She has left a mess over at Wingate!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well you obviously don't know the whole story she could have stayed but she decided that she didn't want to and that college basketball was not right for her or her family at this time and se decided it was best to be home more often and there is not a mess at wingate...some of the kids created things so you obviously have no idea what you are talking about so you should find out the true facts before you talk and there will not be any NCAA sanctions there....she is a great coach and put together a great team that if the new coaches don't win with it will be sad....you honestly have no idea what you are talking about so please dont talk and try to put done others who are just trying to do what is right for themselves and their families...who knew that was a crime

Anonymous said...

Just wait and see...

Anonymous said...

I do know the whole story and I do know that she wanted to do what she thought was best for her family college coaching took her away from her kids a lot and she missed a lot of the things that they did in high school and her son is just coming home from being in the military and being gone for 2+ years and she has not seen him in that amount of time so sorry that she wants to make up for lost time and spend time with her kids...never knew it was a bad thing when someone wanted to change jobs when they realized it wasn't the right job for them or their family wow

Anonymous said...

None of you know what's going on. Just wait and see... Trouble trouble trouble.

Anonymous said...

That's not true because I know exactly what is going on and how nothing else is gonna happen

Anonymous said...

Why did both her and Bell get fired? Why is Wingate forfeitting all wins from last year? Why is Wingate forfeitting their championships? Paid players? Academic fraud? Prescription drug charges? Concussion cover ups? Grade changes? Win at all costs? Just wait and see...

Anonymous said...

She did not get fired....and they are keeping the wins and the championships and that isn't true....kids make up rumors especially when they are mad at people....you shouldn't believe everything you hear and I know that you don't know the whole story if you believe any of that

Anonymous said...

Just wait and see... Crow tastes good- dont worry!!

Anonymous said...

They are forfeitting all wins! Every game that Burton played in must be vacated!! I hate to be the bearer of bad news but they are right. I teach at Wingate and things are not good. She is far from proper.Very lucky this didn't come out earlier or she wouldn't have a job to accept. She has tarnished her rep for good! Good Riddance and thank goodness for Hancock!

Anonymous said...

no they are not...that is far from true...I know the family very well and know what you are saying is not true...people are happy to have her as their coach so she has a great rep and she was going to leave when the season ended...Hancock wont last long division one is very different from all of the work you have to do in division she is not ready for that and neither is the coaching staff...believe what you want I am not going to argue

Anonymous said...

It's people like you that make her daughter not want to come back to the school she loves...good job

Shawn Spencer said...

Thanks for the post. Let's keep the school spirit items alive and going.

Anonymous said...

"Good coach" and "Barbara Nelson" should never be used in the same sentence for any reason unless there's a big NOT included!

Anonymous said...

Sound like somebody has sour grapes or an agenda...just like the person who complained about very, very minor charges. Myers Park High School is ecstatic about Barbara Nelson. Unbelievable Coach. Unbelievable Person. She is destined for great things at MPHS. Rumors never prevail. Just facts.