Nichol was promoted to a receivers coach position in February 2008 after serving in 2007 as the offensive graduate student. He coaches UA's outside receivers and works with offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes and the QBs to signal plays from the sidelines.
Nichol enters his third year on Mike Stoop's staff and adds outstanding familiarity with the spread to the offensive staff. In his first year as a full-time coach he helped Arizona's offense rank 16th in scoring and 33rd nationally in total offense. His unit snared more than 100 receptions. He's been on board for the full transformation of Arizona's offense.
He worked with inside receivers at Baylor in 2006, and before that worked three seasons (2203-05) helping with the offensive line at Texas tech.
At Texas Tech, working with current UA coaches Sonny Dykes and Bill Bedenbaugh as a 2003 graduate assistant, Nichol helped the Red Raiders elevate their status as a national passing leader in breaking numerous school, conference and national records.
Nichol spent the 2002 season as the passing game coordinator at Cisco, Texas, Junior College.
He was a collegiate receiver at Tech from 1996 to 1999 and worked as a student coach on the Red Raiders staff, assisting with quarterbacks and receivers, after earning his degree in exercise and sport sciences. He later earned a master's from TTU in May 2002 in interdisciplinary studies.
Nichol is a graduate of Jesuit High School in Dallas. He was born Oct. 5, 1976 in Chicago, Ill.
Coached Delashaun Dean and Terrell Turner to 53- and 43-catch seasons in complementing their work in helping the offense become an effective multiple-threat team in 2008.
Helped Arizona offensive coaches install and operate the spread offense in 2007, an attack that helped boost offensive production by 130 yards per game over the previous system.
Worked with offensive coaches at Baylor to incorporate the spread, a system that helped the Bears set numerous school single-season passing records including yards, completions, percentage and touchdowns.
Tutored BU's Justin Fenty, who made The Sporting News Big XII All-Freshman team as a receiver, and also coached Bears' most improved player honoree Thomas White.
Led an offense as passing game coordinator at Cisco College that finished first in the Southwest Junior Football Conference in passing and second in total offense in 2002.
Nichol's Coaching History
2000-01 Student coach, QBs/WRs, Texas Tech
2002 Passing Game Coordinator/QBs/WRs, Cisco Junior College
2003-05 Graduate assistant, offensive line, Texas Tech
2006 Graduate assistant, inside receivers, Baylor
2007 Graduate assistant, offensive line, Arizona
2008 Outside receivers coach, Arizona
2009 Outside receivers coach, Arizona
The Nichol File
Date of birth: Oct. 5, 1976, Chicago, Ill.
High School: Jesuit High School, Dallas, Texas
College: Texas Tech `99
Master's degree Texas Tech `02
Recruiting Areas: Southern Arizona, San Fernando Valley, California Central Valley,
Nichol in Bowl Games
2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl Arizona coach
2005 Cotton Bowl Texas Tech coach
2004 Holiday Bowl Texas Tech coach
2003 Houston Bowl Texas Tech coach
2001 Alamo Bowl Texas Tech coach
2000 Galleryfurniture Bowl Texas Tech coach
1998 Independence Bowl Texas Tech receiver
1996 Alamo Bowl Texas Tech receiver