Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
Jerry Nichols Named Athletic Director for Motlow College
June 14, 2011
Motlow College recently named Jerry Nichols as the new athletic director according to Regina Burden, assistant vice president of student affairs. In addition to the new position, Nichols will continue his duties as the men's head basketball coach. At the close of his successful second season at the helm, he guided the Bucks to a regular season Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) championship and they were runners-up in the final championship game of the Region VII tournament. In addition to the team's success in 2010-2011; Nichols was named Coach of the Year for the TCCAA.
Nichols' athletic background is extensive as he brings experience as a player and a coach. At Westwood High School in Memphis he was the third leading scorer in 2001, was named to the All-Shelby Metro team and was a 2001 Nike All-Star Game Participant. His college playing experience began at a community college, Walters State, where he was named First Team All-American and Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore. In his second season of play he was ranked ninth in the nation in scoring, averaging 21.6 points per game.
He continued his college playing career at Arkansas State where he led the team in three-point shooting and was named top defensive player during his junior year. In his senior year he was the recipient of the Leadership award and unfortunately an injury ended his playing career. While his playing days were over; he was preparing for a coaching career earning his associates of arts, bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees.
Nichols' first paying job in coaching was back on the familiar court of Walters State. From there he followed an opportunity to Union College in Barbourville, Ky. where he was varsity assistant coach and junior varsity head coach for two years. When the advertisement was posted about a head coaching position available in his home state of Tennessee, Nichols made his way to Motlow.
Nichols said, "I've been involved with community colleges since I was a player; we had great times and I have fond memories." He continued, "I have some really great memories that happened right here on this campus when Motlow hosted the tournament and our team (Walters State) won the 2004 TJCCAA State and Region 7 Championship and I won the MVP award. We went on to the nationals in Kansas and finished sixth in the nation."
Nichols' comments on being named athletic director, "I've known of Motlow long before I came here as a coach and I've respected the reputation of the College. I am proud to coach men's basketball here and now I am honored for the College to put me in this position; I feel I have the confidence needed to help the athletic program." He continued, "The administration has been great since I've been here and now I look forward to working on the administrative side with all of these great people."
In reference to Nichols' appointment Burden said, "Coach Nichols being the athletic director will bring a whole new dynamic to the program. We look forward to his work at this level and expect great things to come out of the athletic department."