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Leah Nelson
Position: Graduate Assistant
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
Alma Mater: Stanford
Graduating Year: 2005
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: (605) 688-5723
Email: Leah.Nelson2@sdstate.edu

Leah Nelson joins the Jackrabbit coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 2012, after an impressive college career and a year of professional softball.

A four-year starter at Stanford, Nelson capped her college career by leading the Cardinal to a 42-18 record and a Pac-10 Championship in her senior season, when she hit .329 with 10 homeruns and 39 RBI, all of which earned her second team All-Pac 10 honors. As a junior, she hit .280 with five doubles and six homers, with 44 hits and 27 RBI.

After graduating from Stanford in 2005 with a degree in comparative studies in race, Nelson went on to play professionally for the New York Juggernaut, where she hit .276 with a pair of homeruns and nine RBI in leading the Juggernaut to a 45-31 record.

An Oakland, Calif., native, Nelson graduated from Oakland High School in 2001, after earning two varsity letters in both softball and soccer, and three varsity letters in volleyball. She earned numerous all-city selections in softball as a freshman and sophomore, and in volleyball as a sophomore and junior, and in soccer as a junior and senior.

Nelson became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2006 and uses her skills to train clients through various health clubs, as well as independently for the last five years. She all also coached softball at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif., and served as head coach for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Nelson began pursuing a master's in College Counseling at SDSU in 2012.