George Mason (1986)
Patrick Nicholas, a native of Hollywood, Fla., is in his second season with the Marshall Volleyball program. Nicholas provided the Thundering Herd with more than 23 years of volleyball experience in coaching, recruiting and training at every level - skills that helped Marshall to a 23-9 overall record and a 15-1 mark in Conference USA in 2007 en route to its second league title in three years.
During his time at Marshall, he has helped shape three players into American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, including middle blocker Jalicia Ross, most recently.
At the collegiate level, Nicholas has served as the women's head coach at Troy University (2004-05) and Lehigh University (1997-2004) and the men's head coach at the U.S. Naval Academy (1985-1990). Nicholas was named the EIVA Coach of the Year on the men's side in 1989 at the U.S. Naval Academy. When he took over as head coach in 1985, he led the squad to its first-ever top 20 finish, and his teams continued to finish in the top 20 throughout his tenure there. He is also currently the winningest head coach at Lehigh University. At Lehigh, Nicholas led the Mountain Hawks to seven consecutive winning seasons, as well as seven straight conference tournament appearances, accumulating a 121-92 (.568) overall record, with a 52-26 conference mark (.667).
In addition to his head coaching duties, Nicholas has served as an assistant coach at the international, collegiate and professional levels. At the collegiate level he worked at The Ohio State University (1995-97), Purdue University (1994-95), the U.S. Naval Academy (1992-94) and George Mason University (1983-85) where the team finished in the Final Four two years in a row. While at the U.S. Naval Academy as an assistant coach, Nicholas led the Women's Volleyball All-Army team to the silver medal at the All-Armed Forces Championship in 1993. As an assistant with Ohio State, he helped coach the women's team to two consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in 1995 and 1996.
As an assistant, he also served as USA Women's National A-2 Team from 1999-2001 and the USA Girl's 14 and under head coach from 1997-2000. Nicholas was also the assistant coach for the USA Boy's 16 and under team in 1997 that competed in Italy.
Professionally, Nicholas was an assistant for the San Diego Spikers (1994). During the 1994 season the Spikers went on to become National Volleyball Association's champions as Nicholas filled in as head coach for the post season.
Nicholas earned his bachelor's degree at George Mason in Recreation and Leisure Services in 1986, while being a member of the George Mason men's volleyball team.
Nicholas gained his first men's coaching experience doing an apprenticeship with the USA Men's National team in 1986. In 1990, he coached the East squad to the bronze medal at the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival.
During his collegiate career George Mason achieved its first-ever top 10 finish in the national rankings and advanced to the conference championship finals. He played for the Washington Volleyball Club and won the bronze medal at the U.S. Open Championships in 1987. Nicholas founded Club Annapolis, and was a player and coach for the team which won a gold medal in 1990. Nicholas also won a silver medal playing for the All-Navy squad.
Nicholas was an ocean lifeguard and in 1983, he garnered a City of Fort Lauderdale Commendation and the Community Award for Heroism for rescuing three children and an adult from drowning. It was on these same beaches that Nicholas honed his volleyball skills.
Nicholas Volleyball History
Nicholas has also worked as a head coach and training director for a number of girls' Junior Olympic club teams, including San Diego VBC, LAVA (Lafayette Area Volleyball Association), Austin Juniors VBC, River City Juniors (San Antonio, Texas), River Cities Thunder (Huntington, W.Va.).
George Mason - Men's Assistant Coach (1983-85)
U.S. Naval Academy - Men's Head Coach (1985-1990), Women's Assistant Coach (1992-94)
U.S. Olympic Sports Festival Team - Head Coach (1990)
U.S. Army - All-Army Women's Volleyball Team Head Coach (1993)
USA Women's National Team - Technical Assistant (1993-94)
San Diego Spikers (NVA) - Women's Assistant Coach (1994)
Purdue - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (1994-95)
Ohio State - Assistant Coach (1995-97)
USA Boys' Junior and Youth National Teams - On-site Director (1997-99), Assistant Coach (1997)
NCAA Youth Education through Sports (YES) - On-site Coordinator (1997)
USA Girls' 14 and Under National Team - Head Coach (1997-2000), On-site director, Coordinator and Evaluator (1997-present)
Lehigh - Women's Head Coach (1997-2004)
USA Girls' Junior National Team - On-site Director, Coordinator and Evaluator (1998-99)
USA Women's National A-2 Team - Assistant Coach (1999 and 2001)
Troy - Women's Head Coach (2004-05)
Austin Juniors Volleyball Club - Head Coach and ASC/Program Coordinator (2005-06)
River City Juniors - Head Coach (2006-present)
High Performance Training Volleyball School - Owner (2005-present)