Volleyball's Twitty, Kelsey Names All-Mountain West

The University of New Mexico volleyball team earned a pair of Mountain West honors on Monday as the conference named Lauren Twitty and Ashley Kelsey as All-Mountain West selections. Read More

Jeff Nelson

Head Coach


Jeff Nelson enters his 11th season as the University of New Mexico head volleyball coach in the 2016 season. One of the winningest coaches in program history, Nelson owns a 188-117 record during his decade of volleyball at New Mexico. He has also started the beach volleyball program at UNM, and enters his fourth season heading that team. Overall, Nelson has compiled a 430-264 record indoor during his 22 seasons as a collegiate head coach, with a 37-30 record in beach.


The Lobo mentor earned his 150th victory at New Mexico on Oct. 25, 2014, defeating San Jose State 3-1. His 100th UNM victory came nine matches in to the 2012 campaign with a 3-2 win over Georgia Southern at home on Sept. 7. He is the only coach in program history to win at least 150 games and post a winning percentage above .600.


In his 22 complete seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level, Nelson has logged a winning percentage above .600, having spent eight seasons at Texas Tech (1995-2002) and four at the University of San Francisco (2003-06) before coming to New Mexico in 2007.




Pauline Manser

Assistant Coach


New Mexico volleyball legend Pauline Manser is entering her third year with the Lobo volleyball program. She was hired as an assistant coach for the University of New Mexico volleyball program in July 2015.


An All-American twice during her New Mexico career, Manser played in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and was inducted to the Lobo Hall of Honor. Her duties include working with both UNM’s indoor and beach volleyball teams.


“I could not be happier to be adding Pauline to our staff here at the University of New Mexico,” head coach Jeff Nelson said at the time of her hiring. “She has an amazing level of experience to share with our student-athletes. It is always great to bring back a famous alum but to get someone who is extremely talented on both the indoor and beach side is really special.”




Elsa Krieg

Director of Operations


Former Lobo volleyball player Elsa Krieg enters her second year as New Mexico’s Director of Volleyball Operations. After a superb four-year career as a middle blocker for head coach Jeff Nelson, Krieg remained at UNM as a volunteer assistant in 2015 before transitioning over to the operations side of the program.


As a the director of operations, Krieg is involved with the day-to-day management and operations of the Lobos’ indoor and beach volleyball program. She also assists in scheduling team travel, meetings, meals, and community service, along with helping monitor team academics, equipment, youth summer camps, the “Point! Lobos” booster organization, and some aspects of the team’s operating budget.


Krieg graduated from UNM in 2015.



Dave Buchholz

Lobo League Director


Dave Buchholz is in his 12th year as director of the Lobo League, one of the largest recreational volleyball programs in the country.


Buchholz came to UNM from Tempe, Ariz., where he spent almost eight years as general manager of a family fun park. In his spare time, he officiated city and school league basketball, volleyball and softball.


Buchholz went to Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wis. for two years. He earned an associates degree and was on the soccer and basketball teams. In 1988, he graduated from Unity College in Maine with a bachelors degree in Outdoor Recreation. In addition to being valedictorian, he was a member of the basketball and cross country teams. Buchholz earned his masters degree in Recreation Administration from Arizona State University in 1993. While there, he was a graduate assistant in the Recreational Sports & Student Activities Department.




Daniel Foo

Volunteer Assistant Coach/Beach Volleyball


Daniel Foo enters his third season as the volunteer assistant for the UNM beach volleyball program. Daniel has been training and playing competitive beach volleyball for eight years. His best professional beach volleyball finish is 5th.