For Immediate Release


September 5, 2006


Keith Nelson Named Assistant Wrestling Coach
at Rhode Island College


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College has named Keith Nelson as an assistant wrestling coach. He will assist Head Coach Jay Jones with all phases of the RIC wrestling program including recruiting, scouting, administering practices and match coaching.


“I am extremely excited to join the Rhode Island College wrestling coaching staff,” Nelson says. “I enjoyed my experience at RIC as a student-athlete and look forward to competing here as a coach.”


Nelson closed out his three-year career at Rhode Island College with a 99-44 (.692) overall record with 390 points, 209 takedowns, 22 reversals, 165 escapes, 56 near-falls and 21 pins. Nelson attained All-New England status in each of his three years as an Anchorman.


As a senior in 2004-05, Nelson earned All-New England honors, placing third at 174 lbs. at the New England College Conference Wrestling Association (NECCWA) Championships. He was 34-10 at 174 lbs. with 136 points, 67 takedowns, seven reversals, 16 near-falls and six pins on the season. He placed second at the RWU Invitational on Nov. 13, third at the Doug Parker Invitational on Nov. 20 and fifth at the R.I.T. Invitational on Dec. 4 in the 174 lbs. weight class. Nelson took home third place at 174 lbs. at the Citrus Invitational on Dec. 29. Nelson was named a Scholar All-American by the NCAA Div. III Wrestling Coaches Association.


As a junior in 2003-04, Nelson earned All-New England honors, placing sixth at 174 lbs. at the NECCWA Championships. For the season, he was 36-16 at 174 lbs. with 142 points, 80 takedowns, six reversals, 57 escapes, 22 near-falls and nine pins.


As a sophomore in 2002-03, he earned All-New England honors, placing fifth at 174 lbs. at the NECCWA Championships. On the season, he was 29-18 with 112 points, 62 takedowns, nine reversals, 65 escapes, 18 near-falls and six pins.


As a freshman in 2001-02, Nelson posted a record of 16-12 at 174 lbs. with 78 points and eight pins while at SUNY Morrisville.


Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rhode Island College in 2006.


He is single and resides in Providence, Rhode Island.