Summary of Professional Accomplishments

Ruth N. Nelson

Over 40 years of experience that encompasses successful coaching (16 years at the collegiate level with over 500+ wins), training, sports marketing, fundraising and advertising:

  • International, college, national and professional women's volleyball coach; men's tennis coach; national volleyball player - Head Coach: University of Iowa, Louisiana State University, University of Houston and George Williams College - Trainer: players included Flo Hyman, Rita Crockett, Rose Magers, Danielle Scott, Sherryl Moore and Penny Lucas - National Experience: USA National Team Player, USA National Team Assistant Coach, USA National Team Technical Advisor, Junior National Team Head Coach, World University Games Head Coach, Dallas Belles Major League Volleyball Professional Team Head Coach and Olympic Festival Head Coach.
  • Created innovative training and marketing programs, which included combined volleyball fundamental skills and sport performance training, TEAM CUP (designed to involve all three varsity, JV & freshman interscholastic volleyball teams), College-Bound Day Training Camp, College-Bound Mini-Camp Series for Minorities, College-Bound Showcase; NART™ (Nelson Aquatics Resistance Training); BYOP™ (Bring Your Own Parent) training program for youth ages 4 -10 and first volleyball shoe (Ruth Nelson Side-Out).
  • Published articles, manuals and guides on volleyball and sports marketing; created videos on volleyball fundamental skills; co-authored the Collegiate Athlete Educational Program and co-founded Collegiate Athlete, Inc.
  • Provided nonprofit assistance: founded LVC income minority athletes opportunities) and brvc inc (sports marketing company); provided technical assistance for Special Olympics International as volleyball clinician and first volleyball director.
  • Served as marketing consultant: 1998 NIKE World Masters Games; Olympic race walker Yue Ling Chen and advertising and promotional programs; designed and developed the "Official Prepaid Phonecard Fundraising Program for USA Volleyball"; recognized as the leader in nonprofit fundraising utilizing prepaid phone cards; published articles in Intele-CardNews, Investor's Business Daily, Marketing News, Successful Fundraising Newsletter, and The NonProfit Times
  • Conducted over 500 presentations at various conferences, seminars, and workshops, worldwide; most recent topics have included college camps; high school motivational speaking; successfully training youth in volleyball; becoming knowledgeable in the college-selection process; marketing the student-athlete; developing fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations, telecommunications companies, corporate cause-marketing programs and national sports governing bodies. Most recently, article in AVCA Volleyball Coaching 2.0 on BYOP™ "Bring Your Own Parent" - November Issue 2011.


Corporate (1981-present)

  • Collegiate Athlete, Inc (2005-present): co-founder/president, marketing company for Collegiate Athlete Educational Foundation, which offers seminars/workshops for parents and high school athletes in the college-selection process
    • Responsible for the recruitment, selection and training of facilitators
    • Also responsible for the development of strategic partnership Program
  • brvc inc (1981-present): president/CEO, sales, sports/corporate marketing, fundraising, corporate sponsorships, NART™ (Aquatic Program), BYOP™ (Bring Your Own Parent), consulting for nonprofit organizations and creating customized DVDs with photos, movies, slides and music
    • Provide sports marketing advise to North Dallas Junior Olympic Volleyball Clubs with focus on college recruiting, athlete development and fundraising
    • Marketing agency for select professional athletes and celebrity artists; most recently, official strategic marketing partner of Olympic Gold medallist race-walker Yueling Chen
    • Former director of marketing: National Senior Games–The Senior Olympics; Marketing consultant: NIKE World Masters Games; global marketing director: Team Landry Custom Card Program, LLC

Non-profit organization experience (1983-present)

  • o Louisiana Volleyball Club: president/CEO/founder, not-for-profit organization promoting volleyball opportunities volleyball
    • In Support of LVC initiatives permission granted to use the names and likenesses of former Olympic volleyball athletes Rose Magers Powell, Rita Crockett, the late Flo Hyman plus current four-time Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda
  • Special Olympics, Inc., Washington, DC (1985-2003): corporate marketing director (1993-1995); sports marketing director (1992-1993); sports marketing manager (1991-1992); volleyball director (1985-1991); volleyball sport management team member (1992-1995)
    • Managed 2 million dollar adidas worldwide sponsorship program for 141 Special Olympics national programs)
    • Developed and marketed worldwide sport-specific sponsorship programs as well as TEAM USA sponsorship programs
    • On-site sports marketing director at the 1993 Special Olympics World Winter Games (Austria) for sponsor relations, in-kind distribution, fulfillment and Games' benefits (65 countries, 1500 athletes, $3 million in sponsorships)

Consulting (1995-present)

  • Integrated Athletic Development [IAD®]: advisory board; director volleyball (organization promoting volleyball opportunities
    • Responsible for creating, developing, conducting and marketing all volleyball training programs. Trained over 300 junior high, 1000 high school and 100 middle school players and high school coaches
    • Innovations: TEAM CUP, created to involve all school volleyball teams (varsity, JV & freshman) with a point-system to keep all teams involved
    • Generated income of over $300,000 in less than 22 months
  • Intellicall, Inc., IntelliMarketing Group, Carrollton, Texas: director of nonprofit and sports marketing (2005-present); director volleyball (organization promoting volleyball
    • Developed over $350,000 in fundraising prepaid card sales in less than 7 months and have over 1 million fundraising cards out in different programs.
    • Also, directed the Reebok SportsRX program and addias soccer program for youth sport fundraising

Collegiate coaching experience (1973-1991)

  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa: head women's volleyball coach; instructor of physical education; advisor to men's volleyball club team; held highest win-loss record among Big Ten Coaches and fifth highest win-loss record of active volleyball coaches in the United States
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: head women's volleyball coach; instructor of physical education; supervisor of student teachers and advisor to men's volleyball club team
  • University of Houston, Houston Texas: head women's volleyball coach; head women's tennis coach; instructor of physical education; supervisor of student teachers and advisor to men's volleyball club team
  • George Williams College, Downers Grove, Illinois: head women's volleyball coach; head men's tennis coach; instructor of physical education


  • NCAA Final Four - AVCA Convention: presenter: BYOP™ [ages 5-18] and NART™ (2011)
  • USA Volleyball's All-Time Great Coach - Bertha Lucas - Pioneer Division (2011)
  • Texas Toast - named Honoree for Outstanding Service to Texas Volleyball (2007)
  • NCAA Final Four - AVCA Convention: on-court presenter: Coaching Youth [ages 8-18] (2003)
  • USA Volleyball Credential named Most Innovative Application in Prepaid Phonecard for 1998-1999
  • Named George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award by USA Volleyball (1996)
  • USA Volleyball Meritorious Service Award for Special Olympics (1994)
  • USIA-Sports America: volleyball clinician in Cairo, Egypt
  • Olympic Sports Festival: Head Coach, USOC Venue and Venue Coordinator Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • National Volleyball Committee of the Association Intercollegiate Athletics for Women: chairperson
  • Aspri Sports: board member ¬– other board members included Bela Karolyi [Gymnastics], Nolan Ryan, [Baseball], Guy Lewis [Basketball], Jan Stephenson and Fuzzy Zoeller [golf] (1983); designed Aspri sports "Ruth Nelson Side-Out" volleyball shoe - first American athlete or coach to design a volleyball shoe (1983)
  • Named Outstanding Professor at the University of Houston


  • George Williams College, Master of Science in Physical Education
  • University of Northern Colorado, Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education & Psychology
  • Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (studied comprehensive overview of the scientifically based system of sport and physical culture at the Moscow Institute of Physical Culture)