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New Douglas College Coach Brings Community Vision

Centre for Campus Life and Athletics is pleased to announce that Curtis Nelson has been named the Head Coach for the Royals Women’s Basketball Program.

The goal of the Royals women’s new basketball coach is ensuring the sport’s benefits go far beyond the hardwood.

Basketball enriching the quality of life has been a constant theme for Curtis Nelson as an award-winning player and later as coach of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

"I'm thrilled to be a member of the Douglas College family and to represent the Royals as the new Women's Basketball Head Coach here in the BCCAA,” says Nelson.

“I think this is an ideal fit, as I truly believe in the entire student-athlete experience; on the court, in the classroom and in the community. This program is positioned extremely  well to have a bright future in every one of those areas.”

Nelson led NAIT for five seasons as the team’s first full-time coach. He introduced theme nights for home games to heighten awareness of the program including the OOKPiNK Breast Cancer awareness game which attracted national media attention.

As a collegiate player, Nelson captained the Augustana Vikings in Camrose, Alta. for three seasons. He earned the Charles S. Noble Award for Leadership and Community Involvement and twice won the conference’s Academic Athlete award.

Nelson also played at Edmonton’s Concordia University College where he earned Student of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year and Basketball MVP honors.

"I am excited by this hiring" said Director of Athletics and Campus Life Kyle Baillie.

"Curtis sees that this is a great opportunity to build a program of outstanding student athletes who will pursue excellence on the court, in the classroom, and in the college  experience."