Sandra Nelson '72
Title: Class of 1995

Sandra enthusiastically pioneered the women's athletic program at Worcester State College and willingly served on the College' s Athletic Association committee. Her exceptional athletic ability and competitive spirit have distinguished Sandy as one of the most versatile athletes in Lancer history.

Sandy played basketball and softball for three years and was named a captain of both teams in her senior year. She also played volleyball and club lacrosse for the Lancers. Sandy was the center and leading rebounder on the basketball team and a member of 1971 state championship team. That same year, she played on the first WSC softball team and finished the season with a 4-0 record and later in 1972 finished with an impressive 8-1 record. She even helped to pick out the team's first uniform from the College bookstore. Sandy scored 315 points in basketball and had a .367 career batting average in softball. Later she joined the coaching ranks and for more than 20 years she coached basketball at two area high schools.

Under her direction, in 1977 and 1983 the Leicester High School teams won the Division III District titles. Sandy has been a coach at the David Prouty High School for the past four years and each season the basketball team won the Western Worcester County Tournament. During Sandy's career, the basketball teams have won the district title twice and reached the finals three other times. The teams have an overall record of 298-112, an amazing 73 winning percentage. The 1993-1994 David Prouty High School team won the Central Massachusetts Officials Sportsmanship Award.

Sandy also coached girl’s tennis at both schools.