Nelson Albino was promoted to Associate Head Coach last year and enters his third season on the Wesleyan coaching staff in 2018-19.
Last year, Albino helped guide the Cardinals to a 17-8 overall record and 5-5 mark in the NESCAC. Wesleyan earned the No. 5 seed in the NESCAC Championships and defeated No. 4 Middlebury on the road, 63-62, to advance to the semifinals. Albino was instrumental in the team's success, in which they won 10 more games than they did the previous season.
Prior to his arrival at Wesleyan, Albino spent the 2015-16 season at Connecticut College, serving as an assistant men’s basketball coach. The Camels posted its best record since the 2008-09 campaign as they finished 12-12. They also ended the season ranked in the top-four of the highly competitive NESCAC in several offensive categories; second in field goal percentage (46.1%), second in three-point percentage (37.7%), third in assists per game (16.2) and fourth in scoring (79.3 points per game).
Before Conn. College, Albino spent the previous two years as an assistant men’s basketball coach at New York University of the University Athletic Association (UAA). He played a key role in all aspects of the successful operation with the Violets, as they posted a 35-19 (.648) record during his stay in Manhattan.
Albino served on the Colby College coaching staff from 2011-2013. In his second season with the program, he helped the Mules make a two-game improvement in the NESCAC standings en route to their first appearance in the conference tournament in three years.
From 2009-2011, Albino spent two seasons in Division I ranks as the Director of Basketball Operations at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He handled the administrating duties of the Highlander program, including film exchange and alumni relations, while also assisting in recruitment.
Albino earned his Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from Drew University. A four-year contributor and leader with the Ranger basketball program, Albino served as captain during his senior campaign. He excelled in the classroom and earned All-Academic honors from the Landmark Conference during his senior year while graduating with honors.
Albino also competed internationally as a member of the USA Select Team at the 2009 Club Continental Cup. He started at point guard for a squad that played five games against Italy, posting a 3-2 record.