Paul Nelson enters his 18th season with the Southeast Missouri women’s soccer program and his 10th year as the team’s associate head coach. Paul and his wife Heather, head coach of the Southeast women’s soccer team, has built the Redhawk women’s soccer program from the ground up since its inception in 1999.

Nelson has drawn on his extensive playing and coaching experience from every level – juniors to professional – providing plenty of valuable guidance along the way.

Together with his wife, the Nelsons have built a program on the foundation of quality student-athletes. In 17 seasons, the Redhawks have compiled a .593 winning percentage going 165-107-40. Southeast’s Ohio Valley Conference record is an even more impressive 76-38-23 (.648).

He helped lead the Redhawks to Ohio Valley Conference regular season championships in 2001, 2002, 2007, 2011, and 2014. Southeast also registered back-to-back OVC Tournament titles and NCAA Women’s Soccer Cup appearances in 2006 and 2007.