Prairie View hires new head basketball coach
By Mark Hough, Prairie View activity director
LA CYGNE – Prairie View High School has named Doug Nelson as the head boys basketball coach following approval by the district board of education on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Coach Nelson brings a wealth of experience to the Buffalo basketball program including time as a head coach and assistant coach at both the high school and collegiate level.
Nelson has helped lead teams to postseason success, including the NCAA tournament, NAIA tournament, MSHSAA districts and in the KSHSAA state basketball tournament. In 2018, he led the Virgin Islands National Guard men’s basketball team to their first inter-agency tournament championship, and the team finished runners-up in 2019.
In addition to coaching basketball, Nelson’s background in education includes experience as a K-12 physical education teacher, assistant professor and currently an online adjunct professor for graduate programs in financial planning at the University of Nebraska.
He has spent 10 years providing non-sales financial counseling to military personnel. He has also served as an athletic trainer for the University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado and the Denver Broncos.
Coach Nelson has begun building the assistant coaching staff and plans to meet with Prairie View high school students interested in playing basketball this season in the coming weeks.
The 2023-24 season begins practice on November 13.
Nelson's basketball experience includes coaching positions at University of St. Mary’s, St. Teresa’s Academy, Missouri Western State University, Rockhurst University, Baker University, Johnson County Community College, and Winfield (Kan.) High School.