Nerelli enters his seventh season as head coach of the women’s basketball program at Allan Hancock College. Since taking over the program, Nerelli has rebuilt the program into one of the most respected in the state. The Bulldogs have won 10 or more games in each of his first six seasons, a feat not accomplished by the program in more than 20 years.
Hancock finished the 2017-18 season with a 15-11 overall record and 7-3 mark in Western State Conference play. The Bulldogs secured their third straight winning season for the first time in 23 years and completed the program's first winning conference record in 17 seasons.
In May 2018, Nerelli was inducted into the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table (NSBCART) Hall of Fame for his legendary career of helping student-athletes succeed.
Three years ago, Nerelli guided the Bulldogs to a 17-win season and the program's first regional playoff appearance in almost 20 years. In six seasons, Nerelli has posted an overall record of 83-77 with a .519 winning percentage. For some perspective, Hancock went 4-22 overall and 0-10 in conference play the year before Nerelli was named the head coach.
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, Destinee Garcia, Karly Beyers and Hannah Walls have signed with four-year universities. Weinreich signed with Southern Utah to become the program's first Division I signee.
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 (CIF) 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. At the time, he ranked No. 23 in state history for most career wins. As the boy's and girl's cross country coach at Morro Bay High, he won 33 league titles and seven CIF championships.
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.
Nerelli brought his “Four C’s” coaching philosophy of character, competitiveness, chemistry and commitment to the Hancock women’s program.
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