Mark Nelson (Canadian football)

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Mark Nelson
Toronto Argonauts
2019, Coach Mark Nelson.jpg
Nelson before a Redblacks game in 2019.
Born: (1956-07-25) July 25, 1956 (age 64)
Edmonton, Alberta
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) Special teams coordinator
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
College East Central Oklahoma State
CFL draft 1980 / Round: Terr. Exemption
Drafted by Calgary Stampeders
Career history
As coach
1992 Edmonton Eskimos (ST coach/LB coach)
19931994 Edmonton Eskimos (ST coach/RB coach)
1995 San Antonio Texans (LB coach)
1996 Toronto Argonauts (DL coach)
1997–1999 Valdosta State Blazers (DC/LB coach)
2000 Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (DC/DB coach)
2001 Kentucky Wildcats (ST coach/TE coach)
2002Kentucky Wildcats (ST coach/DL coach)
2003 Baylor Bears (ST coach/DL coach)
2004–2005Baylor Bears (ST coach/LB coach)
2006 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (ST coach/DL coach)
2007 Louisville Cardinals (ST coach/DL coach)
2008Louisville Cardinals (ST coach)
2009 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (DC/LB coach)
20102011 Edmonton Eskimos (LB coach)
2012 Edmonton Eskimos (DC/LB coach)
2013 Montreal Alouettes (LB coach)
20142017 Ottawa Redblacks (DC/LB coach)
20182019 Ottawa Redblacks (LB coach)
2020–presentToronto Argonauts (STC)
As player
1980-1985 Calgary Stampeders
1986 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards

Mark Nelson (born July 25, 1956) [1] is a former professional Canadian football linebacker who is currently the special teams coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played for seven seasons in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He is a three-time Grey Cup champion having won as a coach in 1993, 1996 and 2016.

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Playing career

Nelson played college football for the East Central Oklahoma State Tigers. Nelson was drafted in the 1980 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders where he played for 7 years before retiring with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1987. Nelson played linebacker and fullback during his CFL run. [2]

Coaching career

Nelson has coached for 16 different teams. More recently, on December 20, 2013, he was named the Ottawa Redblacks' defensive coordinator. [3] In 2018, he was demoted from defensive coordinator for the Redblacks to their linebackers coach. [4]

On February 6, 2020, it was announced that Nelson had joined the Toronto Argonauts as the team's special teams coordinator. [5]

Personal life

Nelson's father, Roger is on the Edmonton Eskimo's Wall of Honour and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. [2] His son, Kyle was a long snapper for the San Francisco 49ers.

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References

  1. http://cflapedia.com/Database/n.htm
  2. 1 2 "RedBlacks' defensive coach Mark Nelson knows old-school football". The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  3. "Gibson among 8 coaching hires in Ottawa". Canadian Football League. December 20, 2013.
  4. "From Redblacks defensive co-ordinator to linebackers coach, Mark Nelson puts team first". Ottawa Sun. Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  5. "Argos announce 2020 coaching staff". Toronto Argonauts. February 6, 2020.