2014 she was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame.
2013 Nelson was inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Hall of Fame as a 5-sport athlete.
2011 she received All-time Great Coach Award – Pioneer Division. In 4.
1996 she received George J. Fisher Volleyball Award for significant service rendered to the sport of volleyball for at least 20 years.
Ruth N. Nelson is an innovator, a teacher, a motivator, sports marketer, fundraiser and visionary who put athlete opportunities first. These attributes have come because of her 40 years of experience that encompasses the following:
1. Successful coaching
16 years at the collegiate level: George Williams College, University of Houston, Louisiana State University and the University of Iowa with a total of over 500 wins.
She also had 3 University of Houston Players (Hyman; Crockett and Magers) start on the 1984 Olympic Team and was the pioneer in the recruitment of minority athletes in the 70s. 5-time Olympian Danielle Scott was part of her first junior club program in Baton Rouge, LA (Baton Rouge Volleyball Club).
In addition, Nelson was USA National Team Player, USA National Team Assistant Coach, USA National Team Technical Advisor, USA Junior National Team Head Coach, USA World University Games Head Coach and Dallas Belles Major League Volleyball Professional Team Head Coach and Head Coach of USA Volleyball Senior A2 Team (now the A2 Collegiate Team).
GoKids Youth Sports (GKYS™) Program which includes skills trainers certification online and on-site courses
Bring Your Own Parent (BYOP®) Program which includes instructor/trainer certification online and on-site courses
College-Bound Coaches Network (CBCN™)
Collegiate Athlete Educational Program
Nelson Aquatics Resistance Training (NART™) Program includes instructor certification
MVP Specialized Training Program (Jump Like An Olympian)
Over the past 18 years, Nelson has specialized in training 4-10 year olds in her BYOP® Program. Ebony Nwanebu, All-American starter at USC & Texas, was one of Nelson’s first BYOP® players at age 4 ½ along with her mother. Others have included Mary Kate Marshall, PAC 12 Freshman of the Year at Oregon State; still others have gone on to be successful at Cornell, Columbia, Binghamton, Barry, Belmont, Indiana Wesleyan, Newman, University of San Diego,Texas A&M and Cincinnati.
3. Nelson’s abilities
Analyzing individual fundamental skills and developing certification programs
Teaching effective decision-making and execution of tactics within game strategies
Unlocking athletes’ capabilities, developing their self-esteem and self-confidence and performance under pressure
Offering jump training (yielding increased height in jumps and improved performance without injuries)
Evaluating teams at any level of competition.
Expanding her Masters thesis of “Statistical Analysis of Passing and Serving" to gathering data for ages 4-10 in jumping by utilizing the VERT technology. In addition and as well as testing different sizes, colors, and weights for the new line of BYOP® volleyballs for 10U training and competition.read more...
Career: Nelson has also conducted over 600 presentations at various conferences, seminars, and workshops, worldwide. Topics have included developing college-bound 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.
Her most recent, presentations have been at the AVCA Conventions and Art of Coaching Clinics. In addition, there were feature articles on BYOP® (Bring Your Own Parent) in AVCA’s Volleyball Coaching 2.0, Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) Blog, Sports Imports Blog as well as being featured in the first Coaching Wizard book released in December of 2016.