Holy Cross hires Marquette assistant Nelson as coach

Marquette assistant coach Brett Nelson, a former standout player at Florida, was named head coach at Holy Cross on Wednesday.

Nelson, 38, replaces Bill Carmody, who retired last month. Carmody went 58-73 in four seasons with the Crusaders.

“Holy Cross has a rich basketball history while being one of the best academic institutions in the entire country,” Nelson said in a press release. “I’m eager to lead our student-athletes, and, together, we will work relentlessly to reach new heights as a program.”

Nelson was a former McDonald’s All-American in addition to being a three-year starter at Florida. He scored 1,417 points and made 274 3-pointers during his career, and was a key freshman reserve when the Mike Miller-led Gators reached the 2000 NCAA Tournament title game before losing to Michigan State.

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan, who coached Nelson at Florida, said in the Holy Cross news release, “I have never seen a harder worker and a more committed player and coach to the game of basketball. Brett has taken that same passion for the game and has developed into an outstanding basketball coach. Holy Cross is filled with passion and rich tradition, and Brett Nelson will embrace Holy Cross’ history.”