Former Arizona State and Ball State skipper Craig Nicholson has resurfaced at the collegiate level, being announced as the new head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville this week. The school competes in the Lone Star Conference at the Division II level.
Nicholson most recently served as head coach at Arizona State from 2014-2015, a two-year stint that saw his team make the NCAA tournament in both years. He resigned prior to the 2016 season to deal with some personal issues.
The Sun Devils hosted a regional in Nicholson's first season at the program's helm, and advanced to the regional final in his second, and what would be his last, season leading the squad. Nicholson collected eighty-two wins during his time in Tempe.
The head coach at Ball State prior to moving to ASU, Nicholson lead the Cardinals to four conference champions during his seven seasons leading that program; he posted an above-.500 record in eight straight seasons beginning in 2008, and a winning record in conference play for seven straight seasons beginning in 2009.
Nicholson spent eleven seasons as the head coach at Central Arizona College, leading the program to four junior college national championships and collecting more than 700 wins at the school. He also served for a single season, in 2008, as an assistant coach for the NPF's Chicago Bandits and helped lead that team to a league title.
At A&M-Kingsville, Nicholson inherits a program that finished the 2017 season with a record of 27-24, and an even .500 mark in Lone Star Conference play. The Javelinas finished seventh in the conference standings, narrowly missing out on the six-team conference tournament field.