Sun Devil Softball Legend Hillary Nelson Joins Sun Devil Club
Hillary Nelson has returned to her Sun Devil roots and joined the Sun Devil Club as a Campaign Coordinator.
Nelson (Bach), who became the first Sun Devil to earn Pac-12 Conference Woman of the Year honors in 2012, led the Sun Devil Softball program to a national championship in 2009 as a freshman. A Tillman Scholar, Nelson was the 2011-12 President of ASU's Student Athlete Advisory Council and is a two-time Sun Devil graduate as she earned an undergraduate degree in business marketing and a MBA in International Leadership in 2013.
“Our student-athletes have a great appreciation for the student-athlete experience, the Sun Devil Way and Arizona State University,” Scott Nelson, Senior Associate Athletics Director of Sun Devil Athletics and the ASU Foundation, and Executive Director of the Sun Devil Club, said. “Hillary’s background and skill set make her a great fit for the Sun Devil Club, and we’re excited to have her back in the Maroon and Gold.”
Prior to rejoining the Sun Devils, Nelson worked for the Arizona chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) as a Partnership Manager, where she was responsible for prospecting, developing and closing partnership opportunities in Arizona. Nelson was able to focus on demonstrating the value of PCA programs for youth sport organizations and schools, which resulted in an increased PCA partnership base for PCA-Arizona.
Nelson joined the Pac-12 Conference in San Francisco in 2014 as an Administrative Fellow following her softball career.
Nelson started all three games in the 2009 College World Series, and won 31 games that season, the third-best single-season mark in the program’s history and the most for a freshman. An Academic All-American as a senior in 2012, Nelson was a three-time conference All-Academic First Team honoree and a receipt of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She appeared in 100 games for Sun Devil Softball, including 86 starts, with more than 300 strikeouts across 500-plus innings, and pitched the seventh perfect game in ASU history on March 4, 2012, vs. Wichita State. She played professional softball internationally for Team Toda in Japan and for the Akron Racers in Ohio before joining the Pac-12.