LIVINGSTON — Coming off a fourth consecutive Gulf South Conference Men's Soccer Championship, the West Alabama Tigers will keep a familiar face on the sideline as Ross Nelson has been promoted to full-time assistant coach for the Tigers.

Nelson, a native of Lame, Northern Ireland, came to UWA in 2016 after serving as an assistant under Stephen Lyons at his Alma Mater Tennessee Wesleyan in the fall of 2015. As a student-athlete there, he earned NAIA All-Conference Team accolades as a wide midfielder. Serving as captain for the men's squad, he led the team with six assists as a senior and helped the Bulldogs to a 10-7-2 overall record in 2014. He graduated with a bachelors in Exercise Science.

At UWA, Nelson has been an integral part of two GSC Championship Tournament crowns and a regular season title with the Tigers.

Nelson earned a master's degree in spring.

UWA men's soccer will start the regular season on Aug. 30 against Francis Marion in Florence, S.C.