Nelson before a Redblacks game in 2019.
|Born:||July 25, 1956|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|College||East Central Oklahoma State|
|CFL draft||1980 / Round: Terr. Exemption|
|Drafted by||Calgary Stampeders|
|1992||Edmonton Eskimos (ST coach/LB coach)|
|1993-1994||Edmonton Eskimos (ST coach/RB coach)|
|1995||San Antonio Texans (LB coach)|
|1996||Toronto Argonauts (DL coach)|
|1997-1999||Valdosta State Blazers (DC/LB coach)|
|2000||Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (DC/DB coach)|
|2001||Kentucky Wildcats (ST coach/TE coach)|
|2002||Kentucky Wildcats (ST coach/DL coach)|
|2003||Baylor Bears (ST coach/DL coach)|
|2004-2005||Baylor Bears (ST coach/LB coach)|
|2006||Tulsa Golden Hurricane (ST coach/DL coach)|
|2007||Louisville Cardinals (ST coach/DL coach)|
|2008||Louisville Cardinals (ST coach)|
|2009||Winnipeg Blue Bombers (DC/LB coach)|
|2010-2011||Edmonton Eskimos (LB coach)|
|2012||Edmonton Eskimos (DC/LB coach)|
|2013||Montreal Alouettes (LB coach)|
|2014-2017||Ottawa Redblacks (DC/LB coach)|
|2018-present||Ottawa Redblacks (LB coach)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mark Nelson (born July 25, 1956) is a former professional Canadian football linebacker who is currently the linebackers coach for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played for seven seasons in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He is a three-time Grey Cup champion having won as a coach in 1993, 1996 and 2016.
Nelson played college football for the East Central Oklahoma State Tigers. Nelson was drafted in the 1980 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders where he played for 7 years before retiring with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1987. Nelson played linebacker and fullback during his CFL run.
Nelson has coached for 16 different teams. In 2018, he was demoted from defensive coordinator for the Ottawa Redblacks to their linebackers coach.