Pacelli’s Nelson named Green Bay Packers Coach of the Week
Pacelli Catholic High School football head coach Drew Nelson was named the Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Nelson, who is in his third year as the head coach at Pacelli, was selected for the honor after he guided the Cardinals to a 42-6 victory over Manawa Friday, Sept. 1, to improve to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2010.
“We’ve got a great group of kids, a great group of upperclassmen and seniors that have kind of taken everybody under their wing, as far as using the weight room and doing all of the right things and making it a team-wide effort,” said Nelson. “They push themselves a lot through practice.
“Obviously having 28 [players on the team], they know they have to play the entire time, so they take a lot of pride in that,” he said.
Nelson was born in Westby and graduated in 2001 from Westby High School, where he played football as a defensive lineman for coach Mark Armstrong.
Following high school, Nelson attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), where he graduated in 2007. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach in Winona, Minn., for the semi-pro River City Rough Riders football team in 2004. After a move in 2006, Nelson became an assistant coach for the Cardinals and was named the Pacelli head coach in 2015.
Nelson and his wife, Sarah, have a daughter, Kaydyn and a son, Maximus.
The Packers will recognize one outstanding high school coach as their “Coach of the Week” winner during the 2017 high school football season. Winners are awarded several items and privileges, including a $1,000 donation to the school’s football program from the Green Bay Packers and the NFL Foundation, as well as recognition of the award on Packers.com, Wissports.net and Wifca.org.
Nelson and his staff oversee a program of 28 players. His assistant staff includes Bryant White, Zach Lindberg, Mike Schmoll, John Raflik and Eugene Schmitz.
Nelson said the Coach of the Week award means the world to him and his assistant coaches.
“To me, (this award) is a staff effort, and obviously all the accolades go the kids for their effort that they put
on the field,” said Nelson. “Once [the players] get out there against a team, you know they’re giving their all.
“So, this is definitely a staff award and a school-wide award,” he said.