Associate Head Coach
After seven years as the head coach at Newman (Kan.) University, Derek Nichols returns to UCA as Assistant Coach, bringing with him 16 years of collegiate, Olympic Development Program, and club experience.
Nichols, who played in 36 games for the bears in 1996-97, served as an assisstant coach at Hendrix University (Div-III), before spending the 2001-02 seasons as graduate assistant for Central Arkansas' men's program. During his time on the staff, the Bears compiled a record of 30-8-2, including a 17-2-2 record and No. 3 national ranking in 2002. Following the 2002 season, Nichols moved to Lyon College (NAIA), helping to start the soccer program there and serving two seasons as Head Coach of the Women's program.
In 2005, Nichols was chosen to lead the program at Newman, and in his first season, the team compiled a second-half record of 7-2-2, earning a Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship and a No. 3 regional ranking. In 2006, the school's provisional year of Div.-II membership, Nichols led the Jets to a 12-4-1 record, earning Newman's Coach of the Year Award in the process. IN 2009, Nichols was named the Heartland Conference Coach of the Year, and in 2010 he led the Jets to their first 10-win season as a full-fledged member Div.-II.
Nichols has a USSF B Coaching Liscence and an NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma. He earned both an M.S. and a B.S.E. in Kinesiology from Central Arkansas. He and his wife, Jessica, reside in Conway with their two daughters, Haley and Kensey.
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