Kurt Nichols begins his 31st year coaching, with 29years of experience at the college level. Nichols is starting his fourth year at Blinn after previously coaching at Trinity High School (2009). Prior to that he was head coach at two Texas community colleges, Cisco Jr. College (2000-2005) and Ranger College (1994-95). Nichols was also the head football coach at East Central University (2006-08) in Ada, Okla. Nichols also had coaching stints at Tarleton State University (99), Arkansas State (98), Navarro College (96-97), Northwest Mississippi Community College (92-93), Southwest Baptist University (90-91), East Mississippi Community College (89), Ranger Jr. College (87-88) and Jacksonville State University (84-86).
Nichols’ 2005 Cisco team was co-champion of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference and champions of the Heart of Texas Bowl, where it defeated Dodge City Community College 47-27. In 2005, his Cisco team had the league’s MVP on offense and defense and produced the NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year. Nichols was also on the staff at Northwest Mississippi Community College in 1992 when they were NJCAA national champions and went 13-0.
Nichols is a native of Tyler. He played his high school ball at John Tyler High School and his college football at the University of Tulsa from 1978-1982, where he was team captain his senior year. Nichols was two time all-conference his junior and senior year, and a third-team All-American his senior year. Nichols spent part of two seasons in the USFL in 1983 and 1984.
Nichols has a Master’s in Education from Southwest Baptist University and a B.A. in graphic design from Jacksonville State University. He has one son, Ross, and one daughter, Ali.