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Nurmi Nelson

L.L. "Nurmi" Nelson was born Millerville, Alabama in 1903. He graduated from Etowah High School and Auburn University.

Nelson began his coaching career in Malone, Florida, in 1927. After four seasons he returned to Alabama and accepted the head coaching position at Andalusia High School in 1931.

His record is incomplete during his time in Andalusia. It is also thought he coached at Southern Military Academy sometime during the early years of his career.

Following the 1936 season, Nelson took over the football program at Gadsden High School. Over the next eleven seasons his teams finished a combined 70-17-12.

His 1940 and 1942 teams completed undefeated seasons while four other squads only lost a single game during the season.

In 1948, Nelson took off for sunny Florida when he accepted the head coaching job at Lakeland High School. His first team finished 5-4 and his second went 9-1. He would remain at Lakeland through the 1964 season, serving the last year only as the Athletic Director at the school.

Nelsons teams in Florida had an overall record of 75-68-8 over the course of sixteen years. His record in Alabama is said to have been 149-27-17. If that is accurate his overall football slate would be 224-95-25 during his 37 year coaching career in both states. The stadium at Lakeland is named in his honor. He lived in Miami following his coaching career.

Nurmi Nelson, 67, died December 12, 1970 in Miami, Florida.

Alabama Record:  104-33-13   75.9%
Other States Record:  75-68-8   52.4%
Overall High School Record:  179-101-21   63.9%

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 Season Total   Playoffs   Region/Area Record 
 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Gadsden1947 6-2-2180101
Gadsden1946 6-2-117860
Gadsden1945 6-313877
Gadsden1944 8-125775
Gadsden1943 5-2-212840
Gadsden1942 7-0-226359
Gadsden1941 6-1-213121
Gadsden1940 7-0-120239
Gadsden1939 5-411968
Gadsden1938 7-1-122218
Gadsden1937 7-1-112961
 11 Years70-17-1219476190-0000-000
Andalusia1936 3-657143
Andalusia1935 6-2-118646
Andalusia1934 5-311153
Andalusia1933 4-36552
Andalusia1932 8-126432
Andalusia1931 8-119252
 6 Years34-16-18753780-0000-000
 17 Years104-33-1328229970-0000-000

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Lakeland, Florida
17 Years14-5-00-0 
Totals Alabama and Other States
34 Years118-38-130-0 

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