Now Greg Nelson has no excuse, so his wife Kelly can start packing their bags for New York.
"Yes, my wife still wants the New York and Kelly Ripa trip on the top of the list," he said with a grin.
Nelson has also earned a getaway, although he would rather be at Pebble Beach on the opposite coast.
But now that he’s retiring from coaching after 29 years, - they can do both.
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Nelson is stepping down after leading the Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats golf teams to continued success at state since 2008. This year, both teams advanced to state, with the Ladycats finishing second and Cheyenne Knight winning a second consecutive individual title.
"This is the best move I have made," said Nelson, referring to his coming to Aledo in 2002.
He’s done a lot in 13 years, starting as quarterbacks coach, moving to offensive coordinator, head baseball coach, and the past eight leading one of the top high school golf programs to be found.
During his time in football, the Bearcats reached the state semifinals twice. His baseball teams won three district championships and reached the quarterfinals twice.
But it was in golf where his teams excelled the most. He coached at least one team to the state tournament in seven seasons, along with four regional championship teams and a dozen district championships.
The 51-year-old Waxahachie High School and TCU graduate began his coaching career at Boswell, where he was receivers coach in football, assistant baseball coach, moving on to quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. He was with the Pioneers for eight years.
He left Boswell to return to Waxahachie for four years. With the Indians he was quarterbacks and running backs coach, along with assistant baseball coach.
But in 1998 a new challenge crossed his path. He had the opportunity to go to a new school and help start an athletic program.
Nelson took a job at North Crowley as offensive coordinator and pitching coach.
"It was a challenge to say the least," said Nelson. "We had all came from very successful programs, and it took awhile to be able to compete. The kids were very appreciative of everything we did for them, so that was rewarding."
Then came his dream job. He joined the Bearcats staff, and what followed were the best years of his coaching profession, and some of the greatest moments of family life.
"My two daughters went to Aledo K through 12th grade and I wanted to coach where they were going to school," said Nelson. "I was able to coach at the high school while both daughters went through high school.
"I also wanted to be part of a great athletic program in Aledo.
"I would say my years at Aledo were the most rewarding. I was able to see my daughters every day and watch them compete. They also cheered at all the football games, so that was awesome to share that time with them and my wife Kelly."
Kelly, of course had been reinforcing how great Aledo is to her husband. She is a lifelong Aledo resident and graduated from high school there.
"I guess I got here as quick as I could," Nelson said. "We moved here in 1992 and have been here ever since."
The Nelson’s oldest daughter, Courtney, played golf at Aledo and was a Cheerleader for four years. She went on to play golf and graduate from Mary Hardin Baylor, and now teaches first grade in Birdville ISD.
Their youngest daughter, Megan, ran track at Aledo and was also a cheerleader. She graduated from Texas State University with her bachelor’s degree and is there now working on her master’s degree in communications.
Ironically, Nelson very nearly entered an entirely different field while at TCU. He had planned to be an architect – until he learned something.
"When they told me you will be taking 27 hours of math, I said, ‘Coaching sounds pretty good.’"
Still, he built a solid career in coaching, and though he’s retiring, he doesn’t plan to stop working.
"I feel I still have the motivation to start a second career. My wife and I have started a real estate partnership and hope to really expand on that business over the next few years," he said.
"Obviously after 29 years of doing the same thing, I am a little nervous about retirement. I think it will take some adjustment time, but I am excited to start this new chapter in our life. It will be nice not being on a bell schedule."
His parents are both cancer survivors, so Nelson wants to donate more time to organizations such as Susan G. Komen.
"My parents have been so inspirational to me over the years," he said.
And, of course, there’s the leisure time that lies ahead – including a trip or two.
"We will definitely have to work in some travel," he said, adding in about the trip to New York, "I have put it off as long as I can."