Brian Nelson’s impact on Lamar’s pitching staff was felt almost immediately. In his first season (2014) with the Cardinals, he helped the pitching staff drop its earned run average for 4.07 in 2013 to 3.68. The staff’s ERA in 2014 was the lowest Lamar had seen in a decade.
In his two seasons in Beaumont, Nelson has worked with two Major League Baseball draft picks in J.T. Autrey and David Carver, and both lowered their ERA after working with him. Autrey, who was 1-0 with a 7.24 average in 20 appearances in 2013, improved to 6-2 and a 3.59 ERA in the same number of appearances a year later.
Another beneficiary of the Nelson’s work is left-hander Chase Angelle, who fell just short of having a sub-2.00 ERA in 2015. The senior had a career ERA of 3.49 heading into his final year, but worked a 2.01 average and lowered his career mark to 2.86.
Nelson was a huge in the maturation of Danny Fernandez that moved the senior into a starter’s role after he spent his entire career in the bullpen. In 2015, Fernandez accounted for a 4-4 record and a 3.15 ERA.
In his first collegiate stint at Mary-Hardin Baylor, Nelson primarily worked with catchers and pitchers. During his time there, he helped the Crusader catchers improve in every statistical category while finishing second in conference in stolen bases allowed.
During the 2012 season, he helped direct Chris Joshlin to the American Southwest Conference batting title and place on the ABCA All-Region team.
After UMHB, the Bastrop, Texas, native moved on to Brazos Christian High School, where he led the program to a runner-up finish in the 2013 state championship game and coached three all-state players.
Nelson brings a wealth of summer collegiate experience with him. He spent the 2012 and 2013 summers with the Brazos Valley Bombers in the Texas Collegiate League as an assistant coach. The Bombers put up a record-breaking 2013 season that culminated with Perfect Game awarding the team the summer league national championship.
The 2013 season marked the second-straight year the Bombers won the Texas Collegiate League title, finishing with a 46-14 league-record mark. With the Nelson a part of the staff, they amassed an 88-37 record and had 19 TCL All-Stars, 14 Perfect Game top prospects and seven Baseball America top prospects.
As a player, Nelson attended the Air Force Academy to play both baseball and football, but shoulder surgeries cut his career short. He transferred to Texas A&M, where he graduated in sports management, and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Sam Houston State.
Nelson and his wife, Samantha, reside in Beaumont.