Adam Nelson was named Head Basketball Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics at Suffolk University in August, 2005. Nelson is just the fourth head coach in the 50 year history of Suffolk Basketball following Charles Law (30 seasons), James E. Nelson (19 seasons), and Dennis McHugh (10 seasons).
Adam Nelson began his career in college basketball as a student, first at the University of South Carolina (1992– 1994) and then Boston College (1994– 1996). Nelson worked for 1993 National Coach of the Year Eddie Fogler while at South Carolina, and 1999 National Coach of the Year Jim O’Brien at Boston College.
In 1996, Nelson was named Assistant Coach, and later promoted to Associate Head Coach at Curry College in Milton, Mass. Also during this time, Nelson gained valuable experience while serving as the Head Coach of the Southeast squad for the Bay State Summer Games. His team won the gold medal in 1997, and the silver in 1998. After a two year stint at Curry, Coach Nelson moved on to become a Division I Assistant at Holy Cross, and later Northeastern University.
After his time as an assistant, Nelson became one of the youngest head coaches in the country at the age of 26, when he accepted the job as the head coach at Becker College in 2000. While at Becker, Nelson recruited and coached the Rookie of the Year in the North Atlantic Conference in 2 out of his 3 seasons (2000-01 Abel Carmona, 2002-03 Albert Ortiz). The 2002-03 Becker team broke or tied 11 school records and hosted a first round NAC play-off game for the first time ever. The team also ended its 19 game (11 year) drought vs. league rival Mt. Ida College, and halted Lasell College’s remarkable NAC winning streak which extended over two seasons on 1/30/03.
After Becker, Nelson moved on to become the Head Coach Newbury College. There he and his staff successfully recruited the first Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic player (Arch Mitchell) to wear a Nighthawk uniform since becoming a member of the NCAA. Nelson’s run at Newbury was capped off with one of the biggest wins in the programs history - a 76-73 victory over eventual ECAC Champion Wheaton College in February 2005.
Nelson’s first season at Suffolk saw his squad win 11 games while going 9-9 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Junior guard John Murphy was named to the all-conference first team, while averaging 21.9 points per game. In April of 2006, Nelson received the Suffolk University Student Government Leadership Award recognizing him as the Outstanding Athletic Coach of the Year. Last winter, Nelson guided the Rams to nine victories and a berth in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference semi-finals after an upset triumph over Emerson in the league quarterfinals.
Nelson has gained great visibility over the past year in Boston media circles, as he has served as a guest analyst on both the NCAA Basketball Championship and the NBA Finals for New England Cable News (NECN). Nelson has made several appearances on the regional based cable news network, providing analysis during NCAA "March Madness", including the championship contest between Kansas and Memphis, as well as the NBA Finals series between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nelson and his wife Deb live in West Quincy, Mass. with their children AJ, Jack and Mollie.
Rich Fazzi returns for his third season on the Suffolk staff after rejoining head coach Adam Nelson at Suffolk during the 2005-06 season. Before coaching at Suffolk, Fazzi was an assistant men’s basketball coach and assistant men’s soccer coach at Newbury College. Fazzi played for Coach Nelson at Becker for three seasons. He was a two-year captain and the school's eighth all-time leading scorer. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Becker College. While at Becker, Fazzi also played golf and was a team captain. A resident of Worcester, Mass., Fazzi graduated from Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, NJ.
Mike McGlynn returns for his second campaign as an assistant at Suffolk. McGlynn played professional basketball in the American Basketball Association with the Philadelphia Fusion (2004-05) and the Fresno Heatwave (2003-04) prior to coming to Beacon Hill. He split his college career between Brandeis and Tufts University, scoring 1,632 career points combined. He was a first team All-Star in both the University Athletic Association and the New England Small College Athletic Conference. He was also named a New England Basketball Coaches Association Division III All-Star.
Michael Vieira, a Suffolk University alumnus, enters his second collegiate coaching season this winter. He was a member of the Suffolk University men’s team from 1991-1995, a two-year captain and 1,000 point scorer for the Rams. Vieira received his Bachelor of Science in Sociology and History from Suffolk in 1996. He has coached basketball at the Boston Renaissance Charter School and Revere High School. A resident of Boston, Mass., Vieira is a graduate of Revere High School.