LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall head men's basketball coach Glenn Robinson announced Nick Nichay and Fitzgerald Christophe as assistant coaches.
"We are very fortunate to have two young coaches of this caliber joining with Coach Murphy and Coach Fahringer," said coach Glenn Robinson. "Our players will benefit greatly from the experience and enthusiasm on our staff."
Nichay comes to Franklin & Marshall after having spent two years at the Division II level as an assistant coach for Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. While at Le Moyne, Nichay was responsible for recruiting, player development, scouting, video operations, academic advising, summer camp management, and other day-to-day administrative duties.
He arrived at Le Moyne in the summer of 2010 after spending one year as an assistant coach for Hartwick College. Nichay was part of a Hartwick coaching staff that led its team to the highest conference win total and finishes since the 2000-01 season. In his one season at Hartwick, Nichay helped to recruit a class that has been instrumental in Hartwick's back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and Empire 8 Conference Championship over the past two seasons.
Nichay also has experience in working camps for the Hoop Group and Hoop Mountain basketball organizations, as well as summer basketball camps at Rutgers University, Le Moyne College, University of Virginia, and Penn State University.
A New Jersey native, Nichay graduated in 2009 from Rutgers University with a degree in Sports Management. At Rutgers, he served as a student manager for the basketball program and was named head manager during his senior year. There he gained valuable experience at the Division I level assisting the coaching staff in a variety of roles relating to recruiting, practices and workouts, video operations, team travel, summer camps, and other day-to-day operations.
Christophe joins the F&M staff with an extensive amount of experience from various coaching camps and internships. Recently, he worked on the staff of the Brayden Carr Foundation Coaching Clinic at Rutgers University and in July 2012, Christophe worked as an intern at the Hoop Group Elite Camps in Reading and the Hoop Group Skills Camp in the Poconos. While there, he performed various administrative duties and recruited players for the camp.
Prior to his time in Reading, Christophe was the junior varsity and varsity assistant basketball coach at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Conn. Under his guidance, Immaculate accumulated a 26-1 varsity record as well as an SWC Conference Championship. Immaculate went on to win its first state championship and finished the season ranked seventh by ESPN Connecticut Powerade Rankings.
In June 2012, Christophe traveled around the country, coaching at prestigious camps held at major universities. These included: Jim Boheim's Big Orange Basketball Camp, Coach K Duke Men's Basketball Camp as well as the Texas Longhorns Boy's Basketball Camp. During these camps, he provided guidance for young players and taught the fundamentals of basketball.
Christophe graduated from Saint Louis University in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in international business and marketing.
F&M kicks off the 2012-13 campaign when the Diplomats host the Lancaster Rotary Tournament. The first game is November 16th against visiting Penn State Harrisburg at 7:00 pm.