Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Director of Basketball Operations
Nelson Hernandez returns for his second year on Head Coach Will Wade's staff at LSU and his third overall season working with Coach Wade.
Prior to coming to LSU, Hernandez served a similiar position during the 2016-17 season at VCU. Prior to that he had a one-year tenure as director of player development and administrative assistant at Wright State.
As director of operations, Hernandez assists Coach Wade in administrative areas such as travel and practice and assists with game scheduling just to name a few of a multitude of areas the operations director must be involved in.
Hernandez is well versed in team video needs having worked one season at Clemson, handling video responsibilities for all games during the 2014-15 season there and four seasons (2010-14) as the video coordinator at Utah State. There Hernandez was responsible for all film exchanges, as well as coordinating game day camera operations and filming practice.
During the 2009-10 season, Hernandez served as an assistant coach for Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hernandez helped the Bruins to a 24-8 record that season as he handled scouting and the off-season individual workouts and conditioning for the team.
His first coaching job was as a student assistant coach for Suffolk Community College in Selden, New York during the 2004-05 season. While a student, Hernandez assisted the defending National Junior College Champion Sharks with on-court support during practice and helped focus on skill development workouts during the off-season.
Hernandez also was the founder, CEO and director of the Native American Youth to Elder Foundation (NAYEF)/Warrior Elite Basketball from 2004-10. Hernandez partnered with NBA legend Magic Johnson to promote healthy living, education, drug prevention and inspire youth to greatness through basketball. The organization reached over 75,000 youth throughout the years.
Hernandez also spent time working with the Salt Lake City Corporation where he served as the Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center sports coordinator. As sports coordinator, he assisted and supervised after school sports activities for low income youth ages 8-18, in which he set up practices and games for the children.
In 2011, Hernandez assisted in the production and creation of the award-winning basketball documentary about future Louisville women’s basketball guards Shoni and Jude Schimmel called “Off the Rez” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and eventually made its way to the television on TLC and ESPN during the Women’s Final Four in 2013 with the help of Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos.
Hernandez also partnered with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder in the spring of 2009 to create the first Native American Heritage Night promotion.
The Brooklyn, New York native attended Utah State where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in May 2013 with an interdisciplinary studies emphasis, Physical Education and History cum laude.
Hernandez and his wife, June, have one son, Justin.