Lowell Nelson managed a number of successful men's fastpitch softball teams from 1962 through 1976. He was a likeable person who got along with players, opposing coaches and umpires, and his ability to keep a nucleus of players together proved to be a key to his managerial success.
His top team was the 1974 Manke and Sons squad that advanced to the ASA National Tournament after winning the Northwest Regional title. That was Nelson's first season with the team. During a three-season run, Nelson directed Manke and Sons to three straight Pierce County regional titles. They were the dominant team in county tournaments during the era.
Nelson started managing with Rohr Aircraft in 1962. He directed that team, which played in the Auburn City League, until 1969. Rohr Aircraft participated in the Pierce County Metro Tournament each of those years, winning the tourney title in the late 1960s.
He managed Pay N Pak to the 1970 Pierce County Regional championship in his only season as the skipper. That team played in the Northwest Major League against clubs from Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton, Olympia and Shelton.
In 1971 and 1972, Nelson led Ruth Realty to Northwest Major League and Pierce County Metro championships.