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Karley Nelson - Women's Soccer - University of New Mexico Lobos Athletics

Karley Nelson


Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator



Karley Nelson was hired to the Lobo soccer team in 2015. She was the assistant coach for her first four years, before being promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2019. Through her entire tenure at UNM, she has also served as the recruiting coordinator. In June of 2020, Nelson left to pursue other endeavors before returning to her same role a year later in June of 2021.

In her time with the program, Nelson has helped guide the Lobo women’s soccer team to a 79-42-12 overall record and a 39-20-7 mark in Mountain West play. During the 2021 season, the Lobos earned their fourth regular-season-title, as well as being crowned the Mountain West Tournament Champions for the first time in 10 years (2011). In 2018, with Nelson on staff, the Lobos captured a share of the program’s third regular-season title while also making a second-straight appearance in the MW Tournament Championship Game. That same year, the program set a record for goals scored with 45 and posted second-best marks in assists (33) and points (123).

Nelson is also an assistant coach for the US Soccer U23 national team. She has her USSF B license.

Prior to coming to UNM, Nelson was an assistant at Utah Valley University in 2014, where she helped direct the team’s training sessions. Before that, the native of Orem, Utah, was an assistant coach at Iowa Western Community College from 2011-13, where she designed and implemented the team’s training regimen. Nelson also assisted with recruiting, academics, team travel, and game management for the team. Iowa Western went 33-6-1 during her two full seasons, with a No. 3 national ranking in 2012 and a No. 5 national ranking in 2011.

Nelson served as a coach at the UK International Soccer Camps in Palo Alto, Calif., in 2010 and was an assistant soccer coach at Cortez High School in Phoenix from 2008-09.