LARRY NELSON HEAD WRESTLING COACH, VACAVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 1961-1994
Larry Nelson is one of the founders of one of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s most successful athletic programs: The Vacaville High wrestling program. Nelson was Vacaville’s first wrestling coach; he started the team in 1961 and coached until 1994. His teams went a combined 553-71 in their dual meets - the second most wins by a wrestling coach in California history. Nelson’s Bulldogs won 26 league titles, 15 sub-section championships and six Sac-Joaquin Section tournament titles. They also won five Section team duals championships and most likely would have had more had that tournament been started earlier in his career. He coached two CIF state individual wrestling champions (Al Re and Steve Hilas). He remains involved with the Vacaville wrestling program and can be seen at many of their important events.
Larry was a Wisconsin State High School Champion and Wisconsin State AAU Champion. He attended the University of Michigan and won the Michigan AAU Championship, was Midwest Olympic Trails Champion, and was a Big 10 Champion - wrestling for legendary coach Cliff Keen. Larry started the wrestling program at Vacaville High School, was head coach for more than 30 years (1961-94) and was the Vacaville assistant coach to his son Dave from 1995 present. Larry's teams have dominated the Sac-Joaquin Section for many years. His coaching accomplishments include leading teams to numerous section individual and dual meet championship championships, and producing many California State CIF Champions. He was also a former Bay Area Wrestling Association President, California State Wrestling Advisory Committee Member and California State Coach of the Year.