1997 Hall of Fame Inductee
DAVID M. NELSON
Head Football Coach (1952-65)
Director of Athletics (1951-84)
Dean, College of PEAR (1980-90)
As Delaware's head football coach in 1951-65, Nelson put the Blue Hens in the national spotlight and established a tradition of excellence. He posted a record of 84-42-2, captured the 1963 small college wire service national title and won three Middle Atlantic Conference titles and three Lambert Cup titles during his tenure. He served as Delaware's director of athletics from 1951 until 1984 and served as dean of the college of Physical Education until his death in 1991. A member of the College Football and Delaware Sports Halls of Fame, he is remembered as the father of the "Wing-T" offense and as the foremost authority on college rules in the country. He also served as the first commissioner of the Yankee Conference in 1989-91 and received the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in 1984.
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