Mess: What has kept you here at St. Olaf so long? Nesbit: First off, my family and I are very comfortable with the community. We are actively involved in the community and really enjoy living here. I also prefer to coach division three athletes more then division one. I have had several fabulous players at St. Olaf, but all have had significant room for improvement. I love working with players and seeing them improve throughout their career. When I was coaching at UIC the players were pretty much set in their playing style and there wasnt much I could do to change that. I also like that there is little travel so that I can spend more time with my wife and two daughters.
Mess: What are your fondest memories during your tenure at St. Olaf? Nesbit: As far as the mens team goes, I would say the 1993 team. In 1992 we had a team with ten seniors who were all very talented and finished 2nd in the MIAC. I loved that team but my fondest memory was the team the following year in 1993 that finished 5th in the MIAC. None of the players had much playing experience because of the heavy senior domination from the previous year, but they went out everyday and competed to the best of their abilities and even won two matches that no one thought they had any business winning. My favorite memory on the womens side was last seasons team. We were stacked with seniors who were great players, leaders, and most importantly, great people. They were just a joy to coach and loved every second that I was around them. Mess: What are the current expectations this year? Nesbit: The mens team is getting stronger with every match and is currently 3-1. I like our depth and feel that we can play with anyone in the conference. This team is ready for anything that comes its way. The womens team hasnt won a match yet but they have overcome adversity and have a great team attitude. We have had some unfortunate injuries but this team competes every time they step on the court. They are continuing to improve and their positive attitude couldnt be any better.
Mess: Do you see an end to your St. Olaf career?
Coach Nesbit: I take things one year at a time. My faith is very important to me and I feel this is the right place for me to be at this time. If that should change in the future I might move on, but I have no Division I aspirations and no immediate plans to leave St. Olaf. I love the college and the community and will continue to enjoy my time here as long as possible.