Erica Nelson

Assistant Coach
1st Season

Former Johnson County All-American guard Erica Nelson enters her first season as an assistant college basketball coach.

Nelson led Johnson County to a NJCAA D-II National Championship her freshman year in 2014-15, and helped the team to a 31-1 record as a sophomore, which included an undefeated regular season. The Lady Cavaliers won the KJCCC D-II title and finished the year ranked third nationally as a sophomore, and fourth as a freshman.

Nelson scored 828 points and dished out 313 assists in two seasons wile leading her team to a 65-3 record. Her 828 points rank 14th all-time and she fourth all-time in assists.

As a sophomore, Nelson led the Lady Cavaliers in scoring (16.6), 3-point baskets (80), free throws (108), assists (150) and steals (46). She scored in double figures in 27 of 32 games, including 35-points against Missouri Valley JV and 33 against Labette. She also became just the third player in to record a triple-double in a win over Fort Scott, finishing with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Nelson’s 16.6 per average ranked third in the Jayhawk Conference and she was the conference leader in assists. Following the season, she was named All-KJCCC, All-Region VI, first-team NJCAA All-American and first-team WBCA All-American. She also was ranked 44th among all junior college prospects according to the Dan Olsen Report.

“Erica is arguably the best player to come through here,” Conrad said. “She was always a very smart player and her coaching is a natural next step.”

Nelson continued her playing career at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. She provided steady leadership at the point guard position and came through in big moments for the FGCU women’s basketball team in her two seasons. She finished her career ranked among the program’s top 10 in ppg. (8.8), free throw percentage (.718), assists (198), assists/game (3.0) and blocks (24) in the Division I era. She concluded her career with 582 points, which is 15th best in the Division I era. Furthermore, she averaged 8.9 points in conference play, which is the 10th best career scoring average in program history.