June 24, 2014
HOUSTON – Former Houston Volleyball head coach Ruth Nelson was inducted to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame as a member of the 2014 class.
Nelson coached the Houston Volleyball team from 1974-1981. She immediately gained national prominence at Houston for diversifying the sport of volleyball and recruiting African American athletes like the late Flo Hyman, Rita Crockett and Rose Magers. Those three eventually became some of volleyball’s greatest athletes.
During her seven-year stint at Houston, Nelson posted a 290-84 record. She led the Cougars to the national tournament five of the seven years and won the regional title four times and the state title twice.
Nelson began her career at George Williams College. She went on to coach at LSU and the University of Iowa and posted a career record of 557-230. Nelson continues to work with youths and volleyball in Carrollton, Texas.