The athletics department of Trinity Christian College announced the hiring of Brandon Nicol as the new head coach of the men’s basketball program. Nicol comes to Trinity from Colorado Christian University where he served as an assistant coach for the past five seasons.
“Brandon is a tremendous addition to the coaching staff at Trinity Christian College,” said athletics director Josh Lenarz. “He has a wonderful understanding of the game, a genuine desire to coach at a Christian college, and a heart to mentor young men through the avenue of basketball.”
As a part of the coaching staff at Colorado Christian, Nicol helped the Cougars to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Final Four in three seasons and to the NCAA DII National Tournament in 2007-08. The team also advanced to the NCCAA National Tournament in the 2008-09 season. Along with assisting in game strategy, he was also involved in recruiting, budget and equipment management, scouting, academic supervising, and strength and conditioning.
As a collegiate athlete Nicol played for Iowa State University, a Big 12 powerhouse, from 1999-2002. At Iowa State he was a part of two Big 12 Championships and an Elite Eight appearance. He earned the Team Hustle Award in his freshman year, the Brian Pearson Inspiration Award in 2001-02, and scholar-athlete honors for three seasons.
Nicol played his final collegiate season (2002-03) at Dakota State University. He was a member of the Kansas City Knights (ABA) in 2004-05, and the Des Moines Heat (IBL) in 2005. He also competed in a fall and overseas tour with Athletes in Action in 2005.
“My family and I feel incredibly blessed for the opportunity to be a part of Trinity Christian College,” said Nicol. “We are ecstatic to be afforded this chance to invest in the lives of young men who will be a part of the basketball program now and in the future. We trust that this is where God wants us to be and we feel blessed by the hope and encouragement that we have received from the people and student-athletes we have met.”
Nicol is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science. He earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Colorado Christian University. Nicol, along with his wife Jill and son Isaac, will make the transition to Trinity, where he will start his duties in late July.