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M Kim Nelson

Hey, batter, batter! M Kim Nelson is a 10-time winner of the Baseball Coach of the Year, and the 2023 winner of the National Federation of State High School Associations National Baseball Coach of the Year. Kim has been the head baseball coach for the Timpanogos Timberwolves since the school opened in 1996. Before catching the job of coach, he had his own career filled with home runs and grand slams. While playing baseball at BYU, Kim became a 2-time All American in the four years he played (1974-1978). After that, he was the 3rd baseman for the USA All Star Team at the international cup in Nicaragua in 1977, competing in the gold medal round — taking silver against South Korea. He spent two years at the Minnesota Twins Organization, and was the TOPPS Minor League Player of the month in July 1978. His biggest accomplishment? His sweetheart, Leslie, his eight children and 20 grandchildren.

Fully Booked A day in the life begins with a 4:15 a.m. wake-up call, 5 a.m. gym workout. At 7 a.m., classroom life begins teaching anatomy/physiology and sports medicine. At 2 p.m., baseball begins with either practice or games until the sun goes down. Kiss my wife goodnight. Repeat.

Plot Twist That my wife, an artist and musician, said yes to a lifetime on the bleachers. 

Hero’s Journey Life is full of challenges. They come frequently and with full force. We’ve faced life threatening situations with several of our children, losing one to SIDS when he was almost 5 months old. I am sure of the things that matter most. My faith has deepened and been refined with each trial. I know where peace is found. 

New Chapter I played under the tutelage of Coach Glen Tuckett at BYU. He was my mentor and friend. He instilled in me a deep love and respect for the game of baseball and my teammates who played it. As a coach, I find myself constantly saying and doing the things he said and did. His influence helped mark my way personally and professionally. 

Life Genre “Cheaper by the Dozen”!

Vital Title A recent favorite would be “Boys in the Boat.” I love history, sports and cheering for the underdogs.

Character Backstory Most people wouldn’t know, but I’m really just a big teddy bear.

The Sequel In 5-10 years, I see myself riding off into the sunset in a golf cart.