Suffolk University Oral History Project (SOH-047)
James “Jim” Nelson, the former Athletic Director at Suffolk University, discusses his forty-seven years at the university. Coach Nelson describes his early life, including his time attending, and playing, basketball at Boston College with basketball legend Bob Cousy. He discusses the growth of Suffolk University, the evolution of the athletics department, the various roles he played on campus, and notable sports highlights such as Suffolk’s participation in the NCAA championship tournaments. The interview concludes with Nelson’s account of the touching story of a Suffolk hockey player, John Gilpatrick, who was paralyzed during a game and miraculously regained his ability walk years later.
Suffolk University—History, College sports – Massachusetts – Boston
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Nelson, James; Briand, Derek; and Usovicz, James, "Oral History Interview with James Nelson (SOH-047)" (2018). Suffolk University Oral History Project. 36.