Paul Nichols joined the Thundering Herd coaching staff in February of 2006 and currently oversees the Marshall cornerbacks.
Nichols served as Marshall's defensive secondary coach in 2006 and now oversees the teams cornerbacks exclusively. During his tenure at MU, Nichols has coached All-Conference USA selection Curtis Keyes at safety (2006) and all-freshman selection Zearrick Matthews at cornerback (2006).
Nichols completed his second season as a defensive graduate assistant coach at Ohio State in 2005 where he assisted with the defensive line and defensive backs. His responsibilities also included organizing and coaching the offensive scout team, breaking down opponent game film, creating weekly scouting reports and handling defensive signals on game day from the sideline.
The Dunwoody, Ga. (Marist H.S.), native graduated from Davidson with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History in 2003. At Davidson, Nichols set school records for career passing yards (5,822), completions (465) and touchdown passes (51) and compiled a 22-6 record as a starting quarterback, which stands as the best mark in Wildcat history. As a sophomore he led Davidson to a perfect 10-0 record in 2000, marking the school's first undefeated season in history.
Nichols was named first team All-Pioneer League, first team Pioneer League All-Academic and honorable mention All-American by Don Hansen's Football Gazette as a senior when he ranked among the top 25 in the nation in both passing efficiency rating (136.49) and yards passing per game (218.9).
Nichols is married to the former Lauran Lightmas of Atlanta, Ga., and the couple resides in Barboursville.