Stephen Nelson
Born
Stephen Nelson

(1989-03-08) March 8, 1989 (age 33)
EducationChapman University
SpouseCori Coffin (m. 2018)
Children1
Sports commentary career
Genre(s)Play-by-play
SportsNHL, MLB

Stephen Nelson (born March 8, 1989) is an American television personality and play-by-play commentator who works for MLB Network and NHL Network.

Early life and education

Nelson grew up in Southern California and attended Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. He went on to attend Chapman University, where he majored in broadcast journalism. Nelson was the sports director for Chapman Radio, where he served as the lead play-by-play broadcaster for school sports games.

During his time at Chapman, Nelson interned for KTLA-TV and Fox Sports West. He also worked as a camera operator and in-game production assistant for the Anaheim Angels and Anaheim Ducks.

In 2011, Nelson graduated magna cum laude from Chapman.

Career

After graduating from Chapman, Nelson worked as a multimedia broadcaster for the Rockford IceHogs during the 2011-12 season. Nelson hosted the pre and post-game shows, as well as the intermission reports, in addition to filling in as a play-by-play broadcaster and color commentator.

From June 2012 to August 2014, Nelson was a sports reporter and anchor for KEZI-TV in Eugene, Oregon.

In August 2014, Nelson joined Bleacher Report as an on-air talent.

In March 2018, Nelson left Bleacher Report to join MLB Network and NHL Network. In March 2021, after MLB Network declined to renew Chris Rose’s contract, Nelson was named the new co-host of Intentional Talk alongside Kevin Millar.[1]

In November 2021, Nelson served as the fill-in play-by-play commentator for three Chicago Blackhawks games on NBC Sports Chicago.[2][3]

In 2022, Nelson became the secondary play-by-play announcer for the MLB Network-produced Friday Night Baseball on Apple TV+.[4]

Personal life

Nelson is half-Japanese and attended a Japanese school while growing up. Nelson used Japanese to introduce Shohei Ohtani at the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award ceremony in October 2021.

Nelson is married to news anchor Cori Coffin.

References

  1. ^ Rigdon, Jay (March 23, 2021). "Stephen Nelson is the new co-host of MLB Network's Intentional Talk". Awful Announcing. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  2. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (September 30, 2021). "Blackhawks name broadcast and content team, including four fill-in TV announcers and four former players". Awful Announcing. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  3. ^ Agrest, Jeff (November 11, 2021). "Pat Foley prepares fans for Blackhawks game on ESPN+ as only he can". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Your 2022 MLB regular season broadcasting primer". Awful Announcing. 2022-04-06. Retrieved 2022-05-28.