Assistant Coach, Mesa Community College Women’s Basketball
Trainer - Arizona
Growing up, Ben Nelson participated in 4 high school sports (football, basketball, baseball, and golf), lettering 14 times and being recognized as an All-Conference athlete 4 times. He played recreationally through college and soon after finishing his undergrad degree was offered the Head Baseball and Head Boys Basketball Coaching positions at his high school alma mater (Frederic High School). After five years of coaching at the high school level he moved to Phoenix where he earned Master's Degrees in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. As part of his degree he completed a practicum with the Mesa Community College Women’s Basketball team where he was later offered an Assistant Coaching Position with the team. Ben's focus now is on Leadership Development, Goal Setting, Team Building/Team Dynamics, and Mental Skills Training. His team has continued to improve every year as evidenced by winning the NJCAA Division II National Championship last year, following a Runner-Up finish in 2013, and 5th place National Finish in 2012. Additionally his team has been the academic top performing athletic team at MCC 3 of his 5 years and has been recognized as an NJCAA Academic All-American Team 2 times. In addition to his coaching at MCC Ben is also an Adjunct Faculty in the Psychology Department where he teaches Introduction to Sport Psychology and Introduction to Psychology.