Printed on: May 01, 2013

Nelson to return as Rigby coach


Clyde Nelson called it a mistake to leave Rigby. Now he has a chance to correct that mistake.

The 59-year-old coach is returning to the sidelines as the Rigby High School girls basketball coach next season after two years guiding Sugar-Salem boys basketball.

His hire is still pending school board approval.

Nelson said he had his name on a couple of applications for other high school coaching jobs in the area. But after getting the opportunity to return to Rigby, he rescinded those applications.

"The biggest thing was it was such a good experience while I was there for both my wife and I," Nelson said. "I enjoyed the people. I enjoyed the kids. I enjoyed the parents. And I enjoyed the administration. It was one of the better experiences of my coaching life."

Nelson led the Trojans' girls team to a 57-21 record, the school's first district title in 30 years and three state tournaments in three years. The former men's basketball coach at Rick's College then spent the past two seasons at Sugar-Salem coaching the boys program, posting a 42-12 record, reaching the state tournament both years and winning the state consolation trophy this winter.

He resigned from Sugar-Salem in March.

"Just so the players at Sugar know, I enjoyed coaching them and being a part of them," Nelson said. "But obviously, in hindsight, after what's happened, there's no question it was a mistake (to leave Rigby)."

Nelson replaces Shalaina Tyler, an assistant under Nelson in his first trip to Rigby, who also resigned in March. Tyler led the Trojans to a 31-20 record and a state championship appearance, a first in school history, in her first year in Rigby.