Athletics Director Announcement

Alumnus Adam Nelson ’93 will join The Lovett School this summer as our next Athletics Director.

Dear Lovett Community:

I’m so pleased to announce that alumnus Adam Nelson ’93 will join The Lovett School this summer as our next Athletics Director.

Adam’s appointment is the result of a six-month national search process that saw him rise to the top of an extraordinary field of candidates due to his unique qualifications. His name may be familiar to many as a U.S. Olympian and medalist, having competed as a shot-putter in the 2000 (silver medal), 2004 (gold medal) and 2008 Olympic Games.

Adam has spent his professional career in sports management and business administration, most recently as CFO/COO of The D10, an NFL Combine-inspired athletic competition that caters to executive athletes in nine markets across the country. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, The D10 has raised over $14.5 million for pediatric cancer research and treatment. Prior experience also includes roles with Doyle Management Group, the leading sports marketing agency for Olympic athletes in track and field, and Athens Orthopaedic Group, where he helped launch and served as director of a new sports performance and rehabilitation center. He has also been a local sports broadcaster in Virginia and a national sports expert commentator with NBC Sports. A multi-sport varsity athlete at both Lovett and the collegiate level, Adam earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and an MBA from the Darden School of the University of Virginia.

Members of Lovett’s faculty, staff, parent groups and student body served on the search committee that met with Adam this fall, and several commented that he himself has lived the school’s whole-child philosophy. “I think Adam would bring an appropriate balance between athletics and other aspects of the whole child to the role at Lovett,” said one committee member, remarking on his active involvement in the performing arts and other areas of school life during his years here. “I was impressed that he spoke extensively about the arts and other contributors to the Lovett experience outside of athletics and the importance of coordination and cooperation between those efforts.” 

The board and I are extremely grateful to Ted Gilbreath, our Interim Athletics director for the 2019-20 school year, who is ably steering the Athletics program during this transition year between Steve Franks’ retirement and Adam’s arrival. We will continue to benefit from Ted’s leadership as he oversees athletics through the end of the school year and are grateful for his contributions.

Please join me in welcoming Adam, his wife and two daughters back to the Riverbank this summer!


Meredyth Cole
Head of School

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