Charlie Wilson ’20: What started as conditioning for baseball, soon turned into a passion for running and a dedication to work ethic. This depicts Andrew Nelson, a Romeo alum who ran cross country and track for 4 years under current Romeo coach Mike Buslepp, taking part in the 2012 cross country team that finished 4th at the state meet, which remains tied for the best finish in school history. Nelson continued to run cross country and track at Wayne State University until he graduated with a business degree in 2017. Now, in addition to a full-time job, Nelson holds the new assistant coaching position for Romeo cross country.
Nelson plans to use his experiences to help younger runners achieve their goals in both running and life.
“I hope to become someone that the team can look to for help with their goals and aspirations. And to hopefully become a mentor to the team,” Nelson said.
Nelson’s intensity drives him to achieve his goals each and every day.
“My biggest strengths in coaching is that I’m a good motivator and I lead by example,” Nelson said.
“Everything is a mindset” demonstrates just one of the many training philosophies that Nelson tells his athletes daily.
Above all, Nelson hopes to transfer his dedication of work ethic to the athletes before they finish High School.
“I want to teach them that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible,” Nelson said.
With both the mens’ and womens’ team finishing top ten in the state, Nelson’s teachings paid off.