Spike Nelson
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Biographical details
Born(1906-04-02)April 2, 1906
Cherokee, Iowa
DiedOctober 30, 1998(1998-10-30) (aged 92)
Laguna Hills, California
Playing career
Head coaching record

Emerson William "Spike" Nelson[1] (April 2, 1906 – October 20, 1998)[2][3] was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Mississippi State College, now Mississippi State University, in 1938 and at Yale University in 1941, compiling a career college football record of 5–13. He played college football as a tackle at the University of Iowa and was selected as a first-team tackle by the New York Sun on its 1926 College Football All-America Team.[4] He was also selected as a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and Central Press.[5][6][7]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Mississippi State Maroons (Southeastern Conference) (1938)
1938 Mississippi State 4–6 1–4 11th
Mississippi State: 4–6 1–4
Yale Bulldogs (Independent) (1941)
1941 Yale 1–7
Yale: 1–7
Saint Mary's Pre-Flight Air Devils (Independent) (1943)
1943 Saint Mary's Pre-Flight 3–4–1
Saint Mary's Pre-Flight: 3–4–1
Total: 8–17–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. State University of Iowa (1925). Catalogue. State University of Iowa. p. 583. https://books.google.com/books?id=xILOAAAAMAAJ. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  2. "RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Carson,Coglan,Lee,Koser, & Schultz FTW, FBK". wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=SHOW&db=saschmelzer&recno=4802. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  3. "Person Details for Emerson W Nelson, "United States Social Security Death Index" — FamilySearch.org". familysearch.org. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VM9V-QYD. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  4. "All-American Is Chosen By New York Sun". Athens Messenger. November 28, 1926.
  5. "Associated Press Picks All-American Eleven". Morning News Review (South Carolina). December 5, 1926.
  6. Norman Brown (December 13, 1926). "Six Mid-West Stars Are On Nation's All-American Football Selection: Mythical Team of Million Grid Fans Released; 500 Newspapers Conduct Poll to Get Genuine Football Eleven". The Davenport Democrat And Leader.
  7. "Fans Select First All-American Grid Team". Billings Gazette. December 13, 1926.
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