Nick Nichols
Nick Nichols
Title: Head Swimming Coach
Phone: 413-542-2366
Season: 22nd


Nick Nichols

Career Coaching Record
Amherst College
(22nd season, 155-24-1 Dual Meet Record)

1998-99: 9-1 2009-10: 7-1
1999-00: 8-2 2010-11: 7-1
2000-01: 9-1 2011-12: 6-2
2001-02: 9-1 2012-13: 7-1
2002-03: 8-2 2013-14: 5-2
2003-04: 10-0 2014-15: 4-3
2004-05: 8-1 2015-16: 7-1
2005-06: 8-1 2016-17: 7-1
2006-07: 8-0 2017-18: 7-1
2007-08: 8-0 2018-19: 6-1-1
2008-09: 7-1  



  • Three-Time Division III NCAA Coach of the Year
    (2006, 2007, 2008)

  • 11 Top-10 Finishes at NCAA's, Including Five Top-5 Finishing

  • Guided Team to Three Undefeated Dual Meet Seasons

  • Three Little Three Championship Titles

  • 40 All-NESCAC Selections in Last Five Seasons


Head Coach Nick Nichols took the helm of the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams at Amherst at the start of the 1998-1999 season.

On the women’s side, Nick has led the team to a 155-24-1 dual meet record, including three Little Three Championships and three undefeated dual meet seasons. His teams have finished in the top-10 at NCAA’s 11 times, including five top-5 finishes and consecutive second place showings in 2007 and 2008. He was named the Women’s Division III NCAA Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

On the men’s side, Nichols has led the team to a 146-28 record, including four Little Three Championships and three undefeated dual meet seasons. In addition, his teams have amassed six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including back-to-back fifth place showings in 2009 and 2010.

Between the two teams, he has coached swimmers to 28 individual and five relay championship titles at the NCAAs.

Nick came to Amherst after spending five years as the assistant swimming coach for Yale University. Prior to his time at Yale, he spent two seasons as the head swimming coach at the University of Vermont. While coaching for Vermont, Nick was named the 1990 New England Division I Coach of the Year.

Nick began coaching after completing an impressive swimming career at St. Lawrence University. In his time at St. Lawrence, Nick compiled five individual Division III NCAA titles including repeat wins in the 100 backstroke in 1980 and 1981. In addition, he was a part of St. Lawrence’s 400 freestyle relay team that won NCAAs in 1980 when Nick led the team to a third place finish overall.

Nick graduated from St. Lawrence in 1982 with a Bachelors Degree in Government. He currently resides in Amherst with his wife, Yanik, and daughter, Georgia.