Crissy Nelson

Nelson founded the club in 2009 and has been a Co-Director since the beginning. HIGH SCHOOL: Crissy Stewart-Nelson started playing volleyball at a very young age but her true passion and career began at Urbandale High School. She earned 8 letters in volleyball, soccer and basketball and earned All-Conference honors in all 3. She earned many all- tournament honors and served as captain on the team for multiple sports. During all of high school Nelson played club volleyball for the Power Point Volleyball Club. Through this club she competed in National tournaments and ran a 5-1 on the top team all 5 years. COLLEGE: After high school Nelson continued her career at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a freshman setter she led the nation in assists per game averaging 13.36 assists per game. She also was 4th in the nation in kill percentage. As a freshman starter she ran a 5-1 and was she named 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-Region as well as being honored 1st Team All-Tournament at numerous tournaments. During her sophomore season as a setter again she was named captain of her team. Again she lingered in the top 5 in the nation consistently in assists per game, and in serving percentage. This sophomore season Nelson was honored 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-Region. In 2001 her team won the regional finals to qualify for the NJCAA National tournament. In the NJCAA National tournament her team ended up 2nd in the Nation. Nelson was honored 1st-team All-National –Tournament team, and led the national tournament in assists. After completion of the season she was honored as a 1st Team All-American. After Kirkwood, Nelson earned a scholarship to play at NCAA Division 2 school, Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a setter for this successful program she helped her team qualify in 2001 for the NCAA Division 2 National Tournament. This season her team finished first in the conference and continued to linger in the top 10 in the nation during the entire season. Grand Valley finished this season 4th in the Nation. Nelson ran a 6-2 this season. The previous year the team had qualified for the national tournament but only finished in the elite 8. Coaching Experience: Nelson began coaching during college. During her freshman and sophomore year she coached the 16 and 18 teams for Rapid City Spikers club volleyball team. Many of her players went on to play in colleges such as Simpson and Kirkwood. After college Nelson came back and was an assistant and setting coach for Drake University during the 2004 season. The following winter she coached a 14 U team for Urbandale. This team was made up of Urbandale players and qualified for state. She also continued to help out with many summer camps including working the Drake and UNI individual camp focusing on the setters. After Drake, Nelson went on to coach as the Urbandale High School assistant varsity and head JV coach. Back at her alma mater, her team lost in the district final to go to state. Both years the varsity team had winning seasons and the JV had winning seasons as well. During her time at Urbandale she helped out with many camps and gave setting instructions to many developing athletes. After taking 2 years off to have a baby she came back to her roots and along with co-founder Shannon Stewart started a new club- Power Plex Volleyball Club. COLLEGE RECRUITMENT: Nelson’s many different schools and experiences of going through the recruiting stages makes her a great reference for collegiate bound athletes. She has been involved in the process twice as a player and has established many contacts through this process as a coach and player. The contacts and knowledge she has acquired is outstanding, and she strives for the club to be the best in all aspects. Personal: Nelson has a true passion for playing and coaching volleyball. She has played for 25 plus years of playing experience and has been coaching since 2000. Nelson is married to Nick and they have 3 children, Colby, Lyla and Charlie.