Suffolk University's Athletic Director Jim Nelson to receive NABC'S Outstanding Service Award


The award has been presented annually since 1997 and is given to coaches whose actions “inside and outside the lines” of coaching have distinguished them as valuable members of their communities.

“To me, this is an award that I share proudly with Suffolk University ,” said Nelson, who lives in Arlington with his wife Joan. “ Suffolk University provided to me, those many years ago, an opportunity to work with young people in assisting their development academically, athletically, socially and ethically.  I feel that this award is a reflection of that success and the role that I may have shared in those circumstances.”

For nearly four decades, Jim Nelson has been an integral part of Suffolk University athletics. He began working at Suffolk in 1966 as an assistant director of athletics and men's assistant basketball coach, and in 1975 was named Director of Athletics. From 1976 until 1995, he was head coach of the men's basketball team.

In 1992, Nelson was selected as a member of the inaugural NABC Division III Congress, a position he holds presently, serving as the association's NCAA Legislative Advisor. Nelson also served as the National Chairman of the NCAA Division III Basketball Committee from 1997 through 1999. A highly respected individual in his profession, Nelson was named a 2005 Sports Ethic Fellow by the Institute for International Sport.

In addition to Nelson, two other extremely deserving coaches will be recognized at the NABC Convention with the Outstanding Service Award . They are: Joe Campoli ,

who coached at Ohio Northern University for 30 years, and is one of two coaches to lead their team to the NCAA Division III national title in their first season as head coach; and Jim Burson of Muskingum College in Ohio , who ends his 38-year coaching career at Muskingum as its all-time winningest coach with 542 victories.

“I am honored to be recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches along with my respected colleagues and friends Joe Campoli and Jim Burson,” said Nelson. It is quite a special distinction to be placed in the same company with these two outstanding gentlemen and terrific coaches.”

Suffolk University , located on Boston 's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid , Spain and Dakar , Senegal ( Africa ), is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 8,300 full-time and part-time students at its Law School , College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School.

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