Sunday, October 23, 2016

Darris Nichols joins University of Florida coaching staff

Darris Nichols  (Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Sports Report)

Darris Nichols
(Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Sports Report)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Former West Virginia University basketball player Darris Nichols will join the University of Florida basketball staff for the 2015-16 season.

The Gators  are scheduled to introduce  Michael White as the head coach on Monday, but Florida announced the hire on Thursday following the departure of former head coach Billy Donovan, who left to coach the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Nichols will be an assistant coach to the Gators. This comes less than a year after the former Mountaineer accepted a position at Louisiana Tech as an assistant to White.

Louisiana Tech lost to Temple in the NIT quarterfinal this past season after finishing with a 27-9 record overall, 15-3 in Conference USA.

Nichols ran the point for John Beilein and Bob Huggins at West Virginia from 2005 to 2009.

After a year playing basketball in Europe, Nichols returned to the college ranks as a graduate assistant under Huggins. From there, Nichols career ballooned.

He spent two years helping the Northern Kentucky Norse make the transition from Division II to Division I as a successful program. Then Nichols went to Wofford for a year and then to Louisiana Tech.

Nichols is known as being a successful recruiter and his success in the coaching ranks is apparent. After all he learned from two of the best WVU coaches.

Nichols scored 993 points in his four year career at West Virginia.



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