Indians' Nelson steps down, takes job in S.C.

Chris Nelson, head coach of the St. Stephens boys soccer program for two seasons, will step down Friday.

Nelson will become an athletic director in Colleton County, S.C.
He was offered the job Monday, accepted it and informed the players of his decision Tuesday.

“I’m resigning the teaching and coaching position at the end of this semester,” Nelson said in a phone interview.

The 27-year-old, who also assisted coach Chuck Davis with the girls soccer program at St. Stephens, directed the Indians to a 19-14-3 record during his coaching tenure at the school.

“I was fortunate to work with a great group of kids on both the guys and girls sides,” Nelson said. “Obviously, I was a little more involved with the boys, being the head coach. They are a good group. The last two years, we haven’t always had the success necessarily that we’ve wanted on the field. We had two difficult years. They are set up to be a very good team for years to come, if everyone will work hard and improve.”

Nelson said the support from the players’ parents helped make his time at the school enjoyable.

“They were a great group of parents,” he said. “That was one of the nicest things. The parents’ support in the program, not just coming to the games, but all of the other things involved. I don’t think the kids realize how much support their parents give them and how lucky they are compared to other programs.”

Nelson also served at another Catawba County school, Fred T. Foard, as an assistant soccer coach before moving to St. Stephens.

“That was a lot of fun, too,” Nelson said. “They really kind of opened the door for me. I really owe a lot to Scott Goforth over at Foard and Sally Bradshaw for letting me work with them. I learned a lot. Coaching club is much different when you get to high school.”

He will leave the school officially Friday, then oversee the many athletic programs that Colleton County has to offer, which includes basketball, football, baseball and softball.

Nelson said there are no long-term plans for current girls soccer coach Chuck Davis to take over the boys program.