Nerelli begins his fifth season as head coach of the women’s basketball program at Allan Hancock College. The Bulldogs have increased their win total each year under Nerelli's guidance. After four seasons at Hancock, Nerelli has an overall record of 58-51.
Last year, Nerelli led the Bulldogs to a 17-10 record, a third-place finish in the conference standings and the program's first postseason appearance in nearly 20 years. The 17 wins represented the program's highest win total in 22 years. Entering the 2017-18 season, Nerelli has 514 career wins combined during his 30-year career as a head coach at Hancock and Morro Bay High School. To email him, click here.
Nerelli has extensive experience helping student-athletes earn scholarship opportunities to four-year institutions. More than 30 of his players have moved on, including various to Division I programs. While at Hancock, Emma Weinreich, Justine Roland, Celina Calderon, and Destinee Garcia have signed with four-year universities. Weinreich signed with Southern Utah to become the program's first Division I signee. Roland committed to Notre Dame de Namur University, Calderon headed to Eastern Nazarene College and Garcia signed with Park University in Missouri.
A Central Coast native, Nerelli has more than 40 years of basketball coaching experience. Prior to Hancock, he spent 26 years as the head coach of the girl’s varsity basketball team at Morro Bay High School. Nerelli won five league titles, and three California Interscholastic Federation championships. He was named the Los Padres League’s Coach of the Year six times, including his last three seasons. The Pirates reached the CIF playoffs in 26 of his last 28 seasons. Nerelli left Morro Bay High School with a 456-219 career record. He ranked No. 23 in state history for most career wins.
In October 2014, Nerelli was inducted into the CIF-Southern Section’s Hall of Fame for his dedication and decades of service as a basketball, cross country and track coach at Morro Bay High School. As the boy’s and girl’s cross country coach, he won 33 league titles and seven CIF championships.
Nerelli brought his “Four C’s” coaching philosophy of character, competitiveness, chemistry and commitment to the Hancock women’s program.