Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
Jerry Nichols Named Coach of the Year
March 18, 2011
The Motlow College Men's basketball program recently completed a stellar season. The team, individual players and head coach have all received accolades because of their performances. The team finished as regular season champs and runners-up in the conference. Three sophomores were named to first-team all-conference; Freddie Goldstein of St. Augustine, Fla., Zamarius McLendon of Clarksville and Darryn Frazier of Meridianville, Ala. After completing his second season at Motlow, Head Coach Jerry Nichols was named Coach of the Year for the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.
Nichols is very aware of the history of talent in Region VII of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association and National Junior College Athletic Association (TCCAA/NJCAA.) Â He played at Walters State Community College and wears a large championship ring from 2002 to prove it. As a matter of fact, he may be the only Region VII former player/coach that holds the distinction of: two-time player of the year, two-time All-American player and now, Coach of the Year.
When asked his thoughts about being named coach of the year he said, "Well it's an honor to get it but I don't consider it to be an individual award. I see it as a team award. I'm pretty demanding of my players and receiving this award tells me they listened to some of my coaching, which allowed them to have a winning season, therefore the fellow coaches voted in favor of Motlow."
The coach's first remark about the season was, "I wish we could have come home with the gold ball." He continued, "We did have a great season and I realize there were 365 teams in the nation that wish they had a chance to compete in a championship game. We actually had our chances in that game but Chattanooga pulled away at the end and made a run."
Coach Nichols expressed his admiration of the team saying, "My players put the time in on and off the court and they are role models in the community. I am proud of them for finishing as regular season champs and their tournament play."
As far as the eight sophomores, Nichols is most proud that all are scheduled to graduate in May. He said, "They complete their basketball career at Motlow with a 40-15 record and every one of them has the opportunity to continue playing ball at the next level. We've got Div. I and Div. II NAIA (National Association of Collegiate Athletics) coaches looking at them."
When looking toward next year Nichols said, "Hopefully we can continue the success we've enjoyed the last two years which may be a little more difficult since the bulls eye will be on our chest" He also said, "I'm also looking forward to bringing home that gold ball next year!"