California Hall-of-Fame Coach Passes – In Memory of Larry Nelson (Vacaville HS)

Larry was a Wisconsin State High School Champion and Wisconsin State AAU Champion. He attended the University of Michigan and won the Michigan AAU Championship, was Midwest Olympic Trails Champion, and was a Big 10 Champion – wrestling for legendary coach Cliff Keen. Larry started the wrestling program at Vacaville High School, was head coach for more than 30 years (1961-’94) and was the Vacaville assistant coach to his son Dave for several years. Larry’s teams have dominated the Sac-Joaquin Section for many years. His coaching accomplishments include leading teams to numerous section individual and dual meet championship championships, and producing many California State CIF Champions. He was also a former Bay Area Wrestling Association President, California State Wrestling Advisory Committee Member and California State Coach of the Year.