Director of Competitive Swimming
Coach Nicholson brings a unique set of skills and disciplines to SMAC Swimming. Coach Nicholson has been the Head Swimming & Diving Coach for VMI the past 15 years. During his tenure there he posted back to back Northeast Conference Men’s Championships and oversaw 14 individual and relay conference champions. Coach Nicholson was integral in the formation of the women’s program in 2005 and received the Nathaniel Pendleton ’22 Distinguished Coaching Award. Most recently, he was awarded the 2016 VMI’s Superintendant’s Achievement Award.
He has his BA in History from SUNY in New Paltz and got his Masters in Sports Management (Concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration) from California University of Pennsylvania.
Coach Nicholson is also a decorated former competitive swimmer as a 4 year member of the SUNY New Paltz Varsity Swimming & Diving Team (after not having swam competitively as an age grouper). He was a 3 time Division III National Championship meet qualifier, team Captain, team MVP, and 8 time school record holder. He was also a 4 time scholar-athlete award winner.