Nerland to receive ASAA Lifetime Achievement Award
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Feb 17, 2019
As a longtime coach, event organizer and local sports advocate, Steve Nerland of Anchorage has touched the lives of thousands of athletes from Alaska.
The Alaska School Activities Association will recognize his efforts by presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award at a May 5 Hall of Fame ceremony to celebrate its Class of 2019 inductees.
One of the major architects of the sports landscape in Anchorage over the last 25 years, Nerland has long advocated for better sports facilities.
He was a driving force behind the successful effort to obtain funding to design and build The Dome and Alaska Airlines Center, and led numerous others efforts including upgrades to Mulcahy Stadium and dozens of other baseball fields and getting turf fields installed at schools all over Anchorage.
In 1989, he helped create the Alaska Airlines Classic high school basketball tournament. He also served as tournament chair for the Cougar Tipoff and Great Alaska Shootout.
In 1994, Nerland started the non-profit Alliance for the Support of American Legion Baseball in Alaska. The Alliance handles Legion operations in the state and in 2014 was pivotal in the league expanding to a record 16 varsity teams with the addition of off-the-road teams from Kodiak, Ketchikan and Juneau.
From 2001 to 2012 he was the head baseball coach at Service High School and even though he hasn’t coached in six years still ranks No. 2 in CIC history with 84 career wins.
This year he’s behind the start of middle school baseball and softball in the Anchorage School District.