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Carlos Nelson

Carlos is a former high school athlete and U.S. Marine who has been coaching basketball, from youth to high school, for more than 21 years. He has worked with both boys and girls at the elementary, middle school, high school and college levels. Since moving his family to Cedar Rapids from Atlanta, Ga., in 2001, he has coached basketball at several high schools in the Metro and surrounding areas, including Cedar Rapids Washington, (2001-02), Cedar Rapids Prairie (2002-04), and Anamosa (2004-06). Each of those teams qualified for state playoff berths.  Carlos has also coached two track & field all-Americans, one at the college level and one at the high school level. He’s been coaching AAU grassroots basketball since 1996.

Carlos is a lifelong learner who loves the game of basketball, and sharing that passion with student athletes. His teaching/coaching philosophy focuses on the five core aspects: student’s faith, family, academics, character, and basketball goals. His goal is to build off those traits, and have that student-athlete transfer those into their everyday lives as men of strong faith, husbands, fathers, servant leaders, and business professionals.   

Carlos believes that our job is to teach our student athletes the fundamentals of the game and life in an organized, disciplined manner. A successful program will emphasize and teach all the aspects of the game, while instilling a high sense of character, pride, togetherness and develop individual and team toughness. All student athletes desire instruction and discipline to help them become productive in the classroom, on the court, as well as in life. Student athletes need OUR guidance and direction to meet the ever-changing demands and high standards we hold for them.

Originally from Atlanta, GA., Carlos went to school at Dunwoody High School in the Northern suburbs of Atlanta, graduated late in life from college and recently received my MA. Ed., degree from Mount Mercy University (2016). He has been married for 19 yrs. to Christa, and they have 3 sons Deon 24, Cj 21 and Cam 16. 

Other Things about Carlos.  He enjoys traveling, reading biographies of coaches and leadership principles as well as watching track & field, football, and other sports that interest him. 

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