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Tucson Sugar Skulls hire defensive coach

Posted at 8:05 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 01:43:17-04

The Tucson Sugar Skulls have added an assistant coach to their team, Malcolm Nelson.

According to a press release, Nelson was the defensive line and linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for the Iowa Barnstormers, the defending IFL champions in 2017 and 2018. 

Before joining the Barnstormers, Nelson was an assistant football coach at Livingstone College, an NCAA Division II school in Salisbury, North Carolina. During his time there, he coached defensive line, running backs and special teams. He also worked as an administrator in the athletic department as an associate athletic director for compliance.

“Coach Nelson gives us the familiarity and experience that we need for a new team,” Sugar Skulls Head Coach Marcus Coleman said. “Our experience together gives us a head start on putting our team together with a common philosophy and goals.”

In 1989 and 1990, Nelson was a wide receiver for two years at Clemson University before transferring to Kent State for his last two years of eligibility. He is a graduate of Kent State.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Coach Coleman to bring a championship to Tucson,” Nelson said. “I’m particularly excited about working with a new franchise and with a new opportunity in a great community.”

The Tucson Sugar Skulls will begin its inaugural season in March.