'Coach Nelson' remembered
University Library announces exhibition 'Coach Dave Nelson'
10:24 a.m., Nov. 2, 2011--The University of Delaware Library has announced the opening of a new exhibition in the single case in the Information Room on the first floor of the Morris Library entitled "Coach Dave Nelson: A Tradition of Excellence." The exhibition will be on display through Wednesday, Nov. 30.
In celebration of UD's Homecoming, Nov. 11-13, the exhibition honors former Delaware football coach David M. Nelson. From 1951until 1966, Nelson, whose nickname was “the Admiral,” established a gridiron dynasty which won three Lambert Cups and the UPI national small college championship in 1963.
During Nelson's 40 years as a UD administrator, including dean of the College of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation (1981-1990), the athletic program was strengthened and expanded, and a 75-acre intercollegiate athletics complex was created.
Nelson also served in many capacities with the National Collegiate Athletic Association but, above all else, he was a nationally recognized expert on intercollegiate football rules, serving on the NCAA Football Rules Committee for 35 years and as the committee's secretary-editor from 1962 until his death in 1991. On exhibition will be his portrait, writings, programs, newspaper clippings and other significant ephemera.
"Coach Dave Nelson: A Tradition of Excellence" was curated, designed and installed by Anita Wellner, library assistant, Special Collections Department. Assistant Librarian Laurie Rizzo, also of Special Collections, worked on the virtual exhibition.