Nolan comes to Pocatello from Maryville, Tennessee where he led Prime Aquatics from 2010-2016. During that time, he helped the program grow and helped many individuals see success. In six years some of the accomplishments include:
- Maryville High School's first ever swimming state champion
- 2 USA Senior National qualifiers
- Multiple USA Swimming and NCSA Junior National qualifiers
- 3 high school All-Americans
- The 2015 short-course and long-course 13-14 boys' Southeastern championships
He also coached Farragut High School for two years; Green Meadow Swim Team (summer league) for 6 years; and helped start and coached water polo in the Maryville area.
As an athlete, Nolan was a fourteen-time All-American at the University of Tennessee, including six swims individually in the top 5 in school history at the time of graduation, and 4 of 5 relay school records. He also competed at 2008 Olympic Trials, was the 2004 NCSA Junior National champion in the 400 free, and 2005 NISCA swimmer of the year.