Multiple Teams · Gators Welcome Zachri “Storm” Nelson as New Head Wrestling Coach


River Bluff High School announces that Zachri “Storm” Nelson will be taking the reins as head coach of the highly successful Gators wrestling program.

Nelson will be replacing Joe Cummings, who stepped down after one year at the helm. During his tenure as head coach, Cumming’s wrestlers earned a fifth straight Region 5 championship, earned 5A Lower State Runners-up, and achieved an undefeated 2020-21 regular season. Five wrestlers qualified for individual Lower State finals, three of which went on to qualify for the 5A State Championships, resulting in one state champion, a runner-up, and a fourth-place finisher.

While Coach Nelson will be inheriting a very successful program, he will be bringing his own success to the mats as well. Nelson is originally from Greer, South Carolina. He attended Limestone College on an athletic scholarship and wrestled at the 157 lb. weight class for two years. He graduated with a degree in English in 2017. After college, Nelson became an assistant wrestling coach for Greer High School and in 2020 helped lead Greer to an Upper State finals berth in the team dual playoffs. That same year, the Greer program also produced three state placers in the individual state tournament. The following year, Nelson became an assistant coach for Eastside High School, where he assisted in a team duals state championship with 10 state placers, 7 of whom were state champions, in the individual state tournament.

Coach Nelson’s parents are Chad and Loan Nelson. His siblings are Bear, Taz, and Kayla Nelson. 

The Gators are excited to welcome Coach Storm Nelson to the River Bluff crew and look forward to many years of continued excellence with him as head wrestling coach.