Todd Nelson Joins the West Virginia Wesleyan staff as the Defensive Coordinator and linebackers coach. He comes to Buckhannon from the University of Charleston where he served as the defensive line coach in 2012 under defensive coordinator and current Wesleyan head coach George Shehl. Todd was an integral part of the defensive staff that lead the University of Charleston to a 9-2 record, and ranked as the number two overall defense in the country.
Nelson’s career in coaching began at the high school level—he served as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator at Northeast Senior High school in Pasadena Maryland. Nelson was then brought to West Virginia University by then defensive coordinator, Jeff Casteel, where he served as a student assistant before Casteel, and the late head coach Bill Stewart, named him a defensive graduate assistant in 2010. Nelson ended his career at WVU as part of the 2012 Orange Bowl Championship team.
His career continued when he was hired in 2012 by Head Coach Pat Kirkland at the University of Charleston as the defensive line coach—where he served for one season prior to joining the staff here at Wesleyan.
Nelson holds a Bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise psychology from West Virginia University (2011), and is currently working on a master’s degree in Athletic Coaching Education also at West Virginia University. He played College football at Frostburg State University (2002).