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"We are very pleased and excited to welcome Scott to our department," interim director of athletics Jim Norris said. "He is highly organized and brings a wealth of coaching experience to the table. With his positive deameanor and successful track record, and with the resources and facilities currently in place, we are confident Scott will position our men's lacrosse program among the top teams in the America East on a yearly basis."
Nelson served the last three years as head coach at Marist, guiding the Red Foxes to eight wins in each of the last two seasons. His 2011 team finished the regular season by winning seven straight games (program's longest win streak) and reaching the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament for the second straight year. They went 4-2 in league play to finish as regular season runnersup. His 2010 Marist team won the most regular season games in six years and reached the MAAC tournament for the first time in five seasons.
"I'm very excited to accept the position at Binghamton," Nelson said. "The opportunity is a perfect fit for me and my family. I've always enjoyed working in upstate New York and with the fine educational reputation of the university and the support for the lacrosse program, I believe we can provide a tremendous experience for our student-athletes."
Before taking over at Marist, Nelson was the head coach at Brown for six years, leading the Ivy League members to a top-10 national ranking in 2004 and 2005. His 2002 squad went 4-2 in the Ivy, giving Brown its first winning conference season in five years. In 2004, Nelson was named New England Coach of the Year after his team went 9-5 and cracked the nation's top-10.
Nelson made a name for himself while at Division III Nazareth, where he led the Rochester-based school to NCAA titles in 1992, 1996 and 1997. He was the program's inaugural coach in 1986 and produced 12 NCAA appearances in 15 years, including five national semifinal berths and four straight trips to the championship game (1995-98). Nelson's 1996 Golden Flyers went a perfect 15-0 en route to the program's second NCAA crown. He never had a losing season at Nazareth and concluded his tenure there with 10 consecutive NCAA appearances and 13 straight seasons with 10 or more wins. His 177-40 record at Nazareth represented one of the highest win percentages (82%) in the nation over that span.
He began his career at Rutgers, where he was an assistant from 1982-85. He is a 1982 graduate of North Carolina State, where he earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and was a standout lacrosse player.
Nelson has been inducted into three Halls of Fame: the Rochster Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Hudson Valley Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Nazareth Hall of Fame. He has served on numerous national-level lacrosse committees, including the NCAA Lacrosse Rules Committee, the NCAA Regional Tournament Selection Committee and the Division III All-American committee (chairman). Nelson was a member of the USA Team Selection Committee and was a finalist for the Team USA coaching staff.
Scott and his wife, Lynne, have three sons, Tucker, Jake and Jared. Lynne, a former elite soccer player at Nazareth, is also a member of that school's Hall of Fame.
Kevin McKeown completed his third year with the program in 2011. He was named interim head coach on March 19 and guided the team to a 7-8 record, tie for second place in the America East and the program's seventh postseason berth in the last eight years. He had previously served as an assistant coach for his alma mater after arriving from Elmira College, where he was an assistant from 2007-08.
A 2006 graduate of Binghamton, he was part of Binghamton's first-ever recruiting class and was a three-year captain. From 2004-06, McKeown was a three-time all-conference selection and was named the America East Player of the Year in 2004. In addition, he was a 2004 USILA All-American as well as a 2006 USILA Academic All-American. Furthermore, he was named the America East Scholar-Athlete for Men's Lacrosse in 2006. While at Elmira College, McKeown completed his master's degree in education.
Larry Kline is in his first year as an assistant coach at his alma mater. The only four-year captain in the history of the Binghamton program, Kline excelled both on and off the playing field. In 2008, he ranked No. 12 in the nation in goals against average (7.41) and spearheaded the top-ranked man-down unit in the nation (.829) and No. 10 defense (7.50 GAA). At the conclusion of the 2007 and 2009 America East Championships, Kline was named to the all-tournament team.
In the classroom, Kline was named to the America East Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll every semester (which requires a 3.5 GPA) and the America East All-Academic Team in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He was inducted into the National College Athlete Honors Society in April 2008.
Kline earned his bachelor's degree in 2009.