Kurt Nielsen is in his 10th season at Nebraska Wesleyan as the horizontal jumps coach. During his first year with the Prairie Wolves, he coached triple jumper Lee Seberger to a NCAA Div. III Indoor National Championship and under Nielsen's guidance, Erin Powell earned All-America status in the long jump and triple jump in five of her seven national meet appearances. In the past nine years, Nielsen has coached seven athletes to a total of 18 All-America awards.
Last season he coached John Kersenbrock to two All-American awards in the long jump as well as the school record in the outdoor long jump.
In 2009 he was named the Central Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, marking the second straight season he received the honor. In 2008 he was named as the Central Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Nielsen received a physical education degree from NWU in 1975 and had a stellar track & field career. As an athlete at Nebraska Wesleyan, Nielsen was a 10-time Conference champion, winning eight high jump titles and two long jump titles. He still holds both the indoor and outdoor school records in the high jump. In fact, his high jump of 7-2 3/4 in 1973 was the third best in any collegiate division that year and remains the conference outdoor meet record. For his efforts, the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World Herald named Nielsen State College Athlete of the Year. Then, in 1974, he won the NCAA DIII crown in the high jump.
Nielsen served three years as an assistant track and field coach at Gering High School before returning to Lincoln. He then served 10 years as an assistant and 14 years at the head track & field coach at Northeast High School. Nielsen currently teaches at Pound Middle School. He and his wife Becky have two sons, Justin and Jared.