Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach

Rachel Nelson returned to the UCSB women's water polo program in Fall 2013 after a stellar four-year career with the Gauchos. During her time at UCSB, she appeared in all but three of the team's game, all of those coming in her freshman year.

As a junior, she was one of six players to appear in all 35 games…Scored a total of 25 goals, including four multiple goal games…Had hat tricks against San Jose State (Feb. 26) and UC Davis (April 14)…Second on the team after handing out 41 assists and was third on the team with 35 steals…Led the squad with 13 field blocks…Also drew an impressive 27 earned ejections. 

As a sophomore, was one of five players to appear in all 32 games…Scored 19 goals for the Gauchos…Also tallied 18 steals deeming her fifth in team standings…Tied for third in most field blocks with five, dished out eight assists and drew six ejections…Had three multiple-goal games…Earned Big West Academic All-Conference Honors.

In 2010, she played in 28 games as a true freshman...Scored four goals for the Gauchos...Also tallied 14 steals, four assists, four earned ejections and two field blocks...First collegiate goal was scored during a 12-6 win over Pamona Pitzer (Jan. 23)...Scored in back-to-back overtime games against Indiana and UC Irvine (Feb. 6).

She played at Cabrillo High School for coach Corey McIntyre...Was twice named the Los Padres League MVP (2008 and 2009)...A three-time All-CIF Division IV First Team pick...Helped lead the Conquistadores to the 2007 CIF Championship...Also won the Los Padres League all four years of her prep career...In 2009, Cabrillo qualified for the CIF semifinals...Also competed in swimming...A standout in the classroom, she was a four-time Principal's List nominee and graduated in the Legion of Academic Merit (for having a cumulative GPA above 4.0).


Rachel Anne Nelson was born on July 7, 1991 in Long Beach, Calif....Parents are John and Deanne Nelson...Has an older sister, Kathryn, who is also on the UCSB water polo team and whom she names as her personal hero...Is majoring in biology at UCSB and aspires to one day be a veterinarian...Names "Avatar" as her favorite movie while To Kill a Mockingbird is her favorite book...Enjoys listening to the music of Bob Marley...Names winning CIF in 2007 as her most memorable athletic achievement.