The Centurion Boys Basketball Team will have a lot to look forward to starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Those players looking to reach the next level will have one step closer with New Hoops Head Coach, Doug Nichols, who has spent the last four years as a College Basketball Head Coach.
Coach Nichols, a Corpus Christi native and Ray High School graduate, has seen recently spent four years as the Head Coach at Henderson State University, a NCAA Division II member located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. While only winning 6 conference games and failing to appear in the post-season during the four years before he arrived, Coach Nichols guided the Reddies to 55 wins (36 in conference) and 3 post-season appearances during his tenure. The Reddies finished as Great American Conference runners-up in 2012 and advanced to the conference tournament championship game in 2014.
Prior to his role at HSU, Coach Nichols spent a year as the Assistant Coach at conference rival Arkansas Tech University. He was instrumental in helping to lead the Wonder Boys to a 25-6 overall record, GAC regular season championship, and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Finals for the first time in school history.
Doug Nichols has also spent time as an Assistant Coach at Angelina Junior College under Head Coach Todd Neighbors (2015 Region IVX Coach of the Year) and at Stephen F. Austin State University under South Texas All-Star Basketball Camp founder and Corpus Christi (Carroll HS) native Danny Kaspar.
Before his time at Stephen F. Austin, Nichols worked as an athletic assistant for basketball operations with the men's basketball program at Texas A&M in College Station. Serving under former Aggie head coach Billy Gillispie. Nichols assisted the A&M staff in all areas of the program's day-to-day operations. He also served as an assistant camp director with the Billy Gillispie Basketball Camps.
In his time as a college coach, Doug Nichols has coached 13 All-Conference players, 1 All-American, and 1 Newcomer of the Year. His teams have advanced to play in post-season tournaments 8 of his 9 years including appearances in the 2008 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) and the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
He began his career as the first ever Junior High girls coach for the Brazos Valley Mustangs in Bryan/College Station. In his second year, he guided the girls to a 24 win season and a sixth place finish in the 2003 2A Home School National Tournament. He then began working with the Varsity Boys team which had just completed a second consecutive winless season. Under his guidance, the team finished with 14 wins in 2004 and earned it first ever 20 win season the following year.
"We would be blessed to just have Coach Nichols on our campus, but even better, he will be leading our Centurion Basketball Team. He is a student and a teacher of basketball. Coach Nichols is a proven leader who brings the strong character and discipline we need to keep our students and athletic program moving forward." - Athletic Director, JJ Trujillo.