Over 50 years of experience that encompasses successful coaching (16 years at the collegiate level with over 500+ wins), training, sports marketing, fundraising and advertising:
International, college, national and professional women's volleyball coach; men's tennis coach; national volleyball player - Head Coach: University of Iowa, Louisiana State University, University of Houston and George Williams College - Trainer: players included Flo Hyman, Rita Crockett, Rose Magers, Danielle Scott, Sherryl Moore and Penny Lucas - National Experience: USA National Team Player, USA National Team Assistant Coach, USA National Team Technical Advisor, Junior National Team Head Coach, World University Games Head Coach, Dallas Belles Major League Volleyball Professional Team Head Coach and Olympic Festival Head Coach.
Created innovative training and marketing programs, which included combined volleyball fundamental skills and sport performance training, TEAM CUP (designed to involve all three varsity, JV & freshman interscholastic volleyball teams), College-Bound Day Training Camp, College-Bound Mini-Camp Series for Minorities, College-Bound Showcase; NART™ (Nelson Aquatics Resistance Training); BYOP™ (Bring Your Own Parent) training program for youth ages 4 -10 and first volleyball shoe (Ruth Nelson Side-Out). Recently Nelson created the RNN Sports Gym™ which is a website filled with information, videos, programs, certifications, training equipment and history for this age group. This website also is powered by the First Worldwide Volleyball Virtual Gym created in a Google classroom atmosphere.
Published articles, manuals and guides on volleyball and sports marketing; created videos on volleyball fundamental skills; co-authored the Collegiate Athlete Educational Program and co-founded Collegiate Athlete, Inc.
Provided nonprofit assistance: founded LVC income minority athletes opportunities) and brvc inc (sports marketing company); provided technical assistance for Special Olympics International as volleyball clinician and first volleyball director.
Served as marketing consultant: 1998 NIKE World Masters Games; Olympic race walker Yue Ling Chen and advertising and promotional programs; designed and developed the "Official Prepaid Phonecard Fundraising Program for USA Volleyball"; recognized as the leader in nonprofit fundraising utilizing prepaid phone cards; published articles in Intele-CardNews, Investor's Business Daily, Marketing News, Successful Fundraising Newsletter, and The NonProfit Times
Conducted over 500 presentations at various conferences, seminars, and workshops, worldwide; most recent topics have included college camps; high school motivational speaking; successfully training youth in volleyball; becoming knowledgeable in the college-selection process; marketing the student-athlete; developing fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations, telecommunications companies, corporate cause-marketing programs and national sports governing bodies. Most recently, article in AVCA Volleyball Coaching 2.0 on BYOP™ "Bring Your Own Parent" - November Issue 2011.
Conducts over 700 Zoom presentations since March 2020 that have included training coaches and players in Europe for the European Volleyball Confederation, Belgium Volleyball, Poland Academy, Todos Somos Voleibol, Hosted 83 weeks of live facebook shows for collegiate / high school / club volleyball, presently hosting 3 shows for teachers, parents, players and youth coaches, as well as , 18 months of zoom specific training with players and parents on the court.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Corporate (1981-present)
brvc, LLC (2013-present): president/CEO, sales, sports/corporate marketing, fundraising and corporate sponsorships, consulting for nonprofit organizations
Founder NART™ Nelson Aquatic Resistance Training Program
Founder of BYOP® Bring Your Own Parent Program
Founder of GoKids Youth Sports™ Certification Program
Founder of RNN Sports Gym™ Virtual Gym
Collegiate Athlete, Inc (2005-present): co-founder/president, marketing company for Collegiate Athlete Educational Foundation, which offers seminars/workshops for parents and high school athletes in the college-selection process
Responsible for the recruitment, selection and training of facilitators
Also responsible for the development of strategic partnership Program
brvc inc (1981-2013): president/CEO, sales, sports/corporate marketing, fundraising, corporate sponsorships, NART™ (Aquatic Program), BYOP® (Bring Your Own Parent), consulting for nonprofit organizations and creating customized DVDs with photos, movies, slides and music
Provide sports marketing advise to North Dallas Junior Olympic Volleyball Clubs with focus on college recruiting, athlete development and fundraising
Marketing agency for select professional athletes and celebrity artists; most recently, official strategic marketing partner of Olympic Gold medallist race-walker Yueling Chen
Former director of marketing: National Senior Games–The Senior Olympics; Marketing consultant: NIKE World Masters Games; global marketing director: Team Landry Custom Card Program, LLC
In Support of LVC initiatives permission granted to use the names and likenesses of former Olympic volleyball athletes Rose Magers Powell, Rita Crockett, the late Flo Hyman plus current four-time Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda
Special Olympics, Inc., Washington, DC (1985-2003): corporate marketing director (1993-1995); sports marketing director (1992-1993); sports marketing manager (1991-1992); volleyball director (1985-1991); volleyball sport management team member (1992-1995)
Managed 2 million dollar adidas worldwide sponsorship program for 141 Special Olympics national programs)
Developed and marketed worldwide sport-specific sponsorship programs as well as TEAM USA sponsorship programs
On-site sports marketing director at the 1993 Special Olympics World Winter Games (Austria) for sponsor relations, in-kind distribution, fulfillment and Games' benefits (65 countries, 1500 athletes, $3 million in sponsorships)
Integrated Athletic Development [IAD®]: advisory board; director volleyball (organization promoting volleyball opportunities
Responsible for creating, developing, conducting and marketing all volleyball training programs. Trained over 300 junior high, 1000 high school and 100 middle school players and high school coaches
Innovations: TEAM CUP, created to involve all school volleyball teams (varsity, JV & freshman) with a point-system to keep all teams involved
Generated income of over $300,000 in less than 22 months
Intellicall, Inc., IntelliMarketing Group, Carrollton, Texas: director of nonprofit and sports marketing (2005-present); director volleyball (organization promoting volleyball
Developed over $350,000 in fundraising prepaid card sales in less than 7 months and have over 1 million fundraising cards out in different programs.
Also, directed the Reebok SportsRX program and addias soccer program for youth sport fundraising
Collegiate coaching experience (1973-1991)
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa: head women's volleyball coach; instructor of physical education; advisor to men's volleyball club team; held highest win-loss record among Big Ten Coaches and fifth highest win-loss record of active volleyball coaches in the United States
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: head women's volleyball coach; instructor of physical education; supervisor of student teachers and advisor to men's volleyball club team
University of Houston, Houston Texas: head women's volleyball coach; head women's tennis coach; instructor of physical education; supervisor of student teachers and advisor to men's volleyball club team
George Williams College, Downers Grove, Illinois: head women's volleyball coach; head men's tennis coach; instructor of physical education
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND HONORS
AVCA "Godmothers" recognition for TITLE IX at the AVCA Convention and NCAA Final Four (2022)
American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame (2014)
University of Northern Colorado Hall of Fame as a 5-sport athlete (2013)
NCAA Final Four - AVCA Convention: presenter: BYOP™ [ages 5-18] (2022, 2017, 2014, 2011) and NART™ (2011), Coaching Youth [ages 8-18] (2003)
Special Olympics International's 2012 Coaching Fellowship USA-Serbia-Montenegro Program
USA Volleyball 2X Hall of Fame: All-Time Great Coach - Bertha Lucas - Pioneer Division (2011); George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award (1996)
Texas Toast - named Honoree for Outstanding Service to Texas Volleyball (2007)
Guest speaker: Flo Hyman’s induction into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame.
NCAA Final Four - AVCA Convention: on-court presenter: Coaching Youth [ages 8-18] (2003-2022)
USA Volleyball Credential named Most Innovative Application in Prepaid Phonecard for (1998-1999)
Named George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award by USA Volleyball (1996)
USA Volleyball Meritorious Service Award for Special Olympics (1994)
USIA-Sports America: volleyball clinician in Cairo, Egypt
Olympic Sports Festival: Head Coach, USOC Venue and Venue Coordinator Baton Rouge, Louisiana
National Volleyball Committee of the Association Intercollegiate Athletics for Women: chairperson
Aspri Sports: board member ¬– other board members included Bela Karolyi [Gymnastics], Nolan Ryan, [Baseball], Guy Lewis [Basketball], Jan Stephenson and Fuzzy Zoeller [golf] ; designed Aspri sports "Ruth Nelson Side-Out" volleyball shoe - first American athlete or coach to design a volleyball shoe
Named Outstanding Professor at the University of Houston
George Williams College, Master of Science in Physical Education
University of Northern Colorado, Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education & Psychology
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (studied comprehensive overview of the scientifically based system of sport and physical culture at the Moscow Institute of Physical Culture)