The former assistant coach at Utah Valley University is now the Head Coach at Orem High School. Steve Nelson will be taking over the Tigers this Spring, with hopes to carry them to a D-II title, just as the Tigers did in 2009. Former Head Coach Dan Mortimer had another child, and felt that he needed to attend to his family. Nelson coincidentally ran into a member of the parent board and they scheduled a time when Nelson could be interviewed by the board. Nelson was interviewed and they felt he would be the one to lead them to their next Championship.
Nelson grew up in Orem with a love for physical sports. He mostly played football, but he was willing to try other sports as well. During the off season of his Junior year at Pleasant Grove, a friend invited him to come play lacrosse. The closest team at the time was Mountain View.
“Like any other lacrosse junkie, I was hooked after picking up a stick,” Nelson said.
After graduation and serving an LDS mission, Nelson decided that he did not want to let his lacrosse carrier die in high school. He attended UVU and played with them for two seasons.
“I was able to play with some very talented individuals and for a very dedicated and clever coach. I picked a lot up on defense playing with All-Americans and was able to improve my game playing against great offense. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed my time on the UVU team,” Nelson said.
After Nelson’s first son was born, he made the decision to hang up his cleats, and start coaching at Mt. View. After coaching for two seasons there, he was contacted by UVU’s Head Coach, Kevin Perkins, and was taken on as Assistant Coach.
“Coach Perkins has an amazing lacrosse mind and I learned a lot about everything from offense, rides and clears, to nutrition and conditioning,” Nelson said.
Nelson has some great focuses and coaching strategies for this next season, which will be interesting to see in action.
“I also really want to focus on changing things up this season. We see a lot of the same formations and things from teams all over Utah, and I think it will be good for the sport in general the more creative coaches can be,” Nelson said.
Orem is in the South Conference of Division II along with Herriman, Lehi, Mountain View, Spanish Fork, and Timpview. The Tigers start off their season by heading down to St. George to scrimmage RedRock Lacrosse, the club for Southern Utah.
Photos courtesy of Haslam Photography
Orem Goalie Davy Colby comes up with a great save against Herriman.