Scott Nichols was selected as the athletic director in December 2009. He oversees the women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, men's cross country, women's cross country, and cheerleading programs. Nichols is responsible for managing all facets of the Columbus State athletics program, including operations, compliance, and strategic planning.
Under Nichols’ leadership, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has thrived, winning many conference, regional, and national awards. In addition, he reshaped the culture of the department by guiding the mission and vision toward student-athlete academic success. During his tenure, academic resources and support have been added, leading to an increase in student-athletes graduating and/or transferring to four year institutions.
Nichols’ philosophy encompasses identifying and recruiting student-athletes from the service district, providing guidance and academic support to enhance probability of academic success, fostering experiential learning opportunities to contribute to responsible citizenship, continuing the rich tradition of the athletics department by sponsoring competitive athletic teams, and maintaining program integrity by ensuring all personnel within the department are compliant.
Nichols joined Columbus State Community College in 2002 as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach. He achieved many successes as the head coach including coaching three First Team and two Honorable Mention All-Americans and fourteen All-Region selections. As coach, he led his team to a 2004 fourth place finish and a fifth place finish in 2003 and 2005 at the Division III level. Once the volleyball program moved to Division II, his team achieved a 6th place national finish in 2008 and a 7th place finish in 2009. The team GPA averaged 3.0 during his time as coach.
Prior to joining Columbus State, Nichols served as a graduate assistant in the athletics department at Otterbein University. While at Otterbein, he completed coursework toward an MBA while assisting with the women’s volleyball team.
Nichols currently serves as the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference treasurer and volleyball administrator. From 2000-2009, he was a member of the American Volleyball Coaching Association and served as a Coach of the Year selection committee member from 2005-2007.
A native of Salisbury, NY, Nichols attended Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY and transferred to Springfield College in Springfield, MA where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Movement and Sports Studies in 2000. While at Springfield, he played volleyball for the Pride.
He and his wife Dustina, have two daughters, Audrey and Katherine.