WATCH: Lynisha Nelson Joins Brother Reggie Nelson in the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame
By Steve Wilson // May 17, 2021
2021 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME
WATCH: Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame inductee Lynisha Nelson talks with the Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson about her induction into the Class of 2021 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame. Nelson is going into the Hall of Fame in the College Category, having excelled on the basketball court at Florida Tech. She served three years in the U.S. Army and is currently a Sgt. in the Army National Guard.
While playing for the Panthers, Nelson left her record-setting mark on the Florida Tech basketball court
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Standout basketball player Lynisha Nelson has joined her brother, former Palm Bay Pirate, Florida Gator and two-time All-Pro Reggie Nelson, in the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
The Nelson’s are the first-ever siblings to be inducted in the history of the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame. Reggie was inducted in the inaugural Class of 2012 and Lynisha, this year, with the Class of 2021.
Lynisha Nelson, one of the top basketball players to ever come out of Brevard County, is going into the Hall of Fame in the college category. However, she could have just as easily gone in, in the prep category.
In high school, Lynisha Nelson scored more than 1,000 points for Melbourne Central Catholic. She received varsity letters all four years while playing for the Hustlers and while at MCC, she was the definition of a student-athlete. She was an honor roll student as well as a top-flight ballplayer.
After graduating from Melbourne Central Catholic, Lynisha Nelson attended the Florida Institute of Technology, which was just a short drive for her from MCC. When talking about why she chose Florida Tech, she said she liked the fact that it was a smaller school and loved the academics.
“I loved the one-on-one interaction with my professors,” said Lynisha Nelson. “That was a major factor for me in choosing Florida Tech.”
While playing for the Panthers, Lynisha Nelson left her record-setting mark on the basketball court. After closing out her career in the 2010-2011 season, she finished with the most career free throws made (488), most assists (605) and most steals (409).
Lynisha Nelson also garnered quite a few individual awards as she was a two-time Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was named First Team All-SSC for three consecutive years and was selected All-South Region Second Team for three consecutive years.
She showed her versatility her senior year leading the Panthers in points per game (16.0), points scored (527), field goals made (155), free throws made (164), assists (192) and steals (122).
After graduating from Florida Tech, Nelson made the decision to enlist in the U.S. Army. She was in the service for three years and is currently in the Army National Guard with the rank of Sergeant.
When asked if she learned anything from playing sports that have carried over to her career in the military, she talked about the importance of “teamwork.” She went on to say, “nothing can really get done without a team.”
Being inducted into a Sports Hall of Fame is nothing new for Nelson as she was inducted into the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Reggie Nelson, and now, Lynisha Nelson are both members of the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame and are among the best athletes to ever come out of Brevard County.
When put on the spot, and asked, who’s the better athlete, herself or her brother, Lynisha laughed and said, “definitely me! I won a couple of back-yard games!” She also said if you asked Reggie, that he would say he is!
Regardless of who’s the better athlete, the brother-sister team of Lynisha and Reggie is the first-ever for the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.