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PROVO, Utah— BYU head women’s basketball coach Jeff Judkins has announced the promotion of Dan Nielson to associate head women’s basketball coach. Nielson has been an assistant women’s basketball coach for the Cougar program since 2013.
“Dan has learned so much since he joined our staff full-time and he’s been very loyal to me and our program,” Judkins said. “He has been an integral part of what has made our program successful over the past several years.”
Nielson’s responsibilities include working on scouting reports, game plans and assisting with the play of the post players. He also works on scheduling, compliance and recruiting.
“I appreciate this opportunity that coach Judkins has given me,” Nielson said. “It’s an honor for me to learn from him, and to work with our staff and our players. I look forward to continuing to build BYU’s women’s basketball team into a consistent top-25 caliber program.”
During Nielson’s stint at BYU, the Cougars have enjoyed immense success including three-straight NCAA postseason appearances and a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2014. In addition, BYU tallied 20-plus win seasons in each of those years, won one regular West Coast Conference title, and one WCC tournament championship title. In addition to the team success, a BYU student-athlete has been named the WCC Player of the Year all four years, including junior guard Cassie Broadhead, who won the award in 2016-17.
Nielson returned to the Cougar program in 2013 after spending four years as an assistant coach at Utah Valley University under former BYU All-American Cathy Nixon. During those four years, the Wolverines won one regular-season Great Western Conference title and one league tournament title.
Nielson was also part of the BYU program from 2006 to 2009 serving as the film coordinator his first year and the basketball operations director from 2007-09.
He graduated from BYU in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and served an LDS mission to Caracas, Venezuela. He and his wife Carly live in American Fork with their four children.