Edward (Eddie) Wayne Nelson, a Howard Payne University graduate and former HPU assistant basketball coach, has been inducted into the 2017 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
    Nelson is a 1967 graduate of Mineral Wells High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track.
    Nelson received an associate’s degree from Lon Morris Junior College in Jacksonville, Texas, a bachelor’s degree from HPU and a master of science degree from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.
    Nelson started off his career as an assistant coach at HPU. The remaining 36 years of his coaching career he was the head basketball coach for Bay City High School in Bay City, Texas. He retired from the Bay City school district in 2012.
    In 36 years at Bay City High School he led the Bay City Blackcats to 16 district championships, 13 bi-district championships, 12 area championships, five regional championships, six regional finalists, five state appearances, four state semi-finals, one state semi-final championship and one state championship in 1985, for an overall record of 745-357.
    Nelson was named 16 times as coach of the year and most victorious in a decade for 80 district games in a row. From 1980-1990 he had four teams of the decade with records of 25-1, 35-1, 34-1 and 12-5. In the Houston-area 4-AAAA basketball he was named coach of the decade (1980-1990).
    One of his star players, LaBradford Smith, was named player of the decade, best player in America and the number one first round NBA draft choice by the Washington Wizzards.
    Nelson received a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and Excellence by the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. He was named to Who’s Who in American Basketball, Top 50 Elite Program in America and was recognized by the Texas High School Coaches Association for milestones 300, 400, 500 and 600, and the Sportsman’s Award for Boys 4-AAA basketball.
    In 36 years as coach at Bay City High School, Nelson’s teams had 19 playoff appearances, 15 high school All Americans and 53 players who received college scholarships. From 1990-1992, Nelson served on the Texas UIL Basketball Advisory Committee.
    Nelson still attends Blackcat games and is a trustee at the Bay City Independent School District.
    Nelson and his wife, Mary Helen, have been married for 44 years and they have one daughter, Marcy Wilson, who is married to Patrick Wilson, and one granddaughter, Paige Wilson, all of Houston. He is the son of the late Lallie Ray Nelson of Mineral Wells.
    He has three brothers, Darryl and Bennie of Mineral Wells, and Johnny of Midland; three sisters, Jo Carol and Kim of Mineral Wells and Rosalind of Fort Worth. He is also the son-in-law of Ella B. Jones and the late Albert jones Jr. of Brownwood.