Nick Nichay is entering his seventh season as an assistant coach with Franklin & Marshall Men’s Basketball. In his role at F&M, Nichay assists in several aspects of the program relating to recruiting, player development, scouting, academic advisement, and general day to day operations of the program. Nichay has served as the recruiting coordinator since his arrival in September of 2012.
In six years as an assistant at F&M, Nichay has helped guide the team to an overall record of 119-43. In that time the team has qualified for the Centennial Conference (CC) playoffs in all six seasons, winning the regular conference championship on two occasions and finishing with a share of second place three times. Last season, the team earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 and finishing the year ranked 20th in the nation. The team also achieved at a high level in the classroom and was recognized by the NABC with the Team Academic Excellence Award for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In the 2015-16 season, the program won both the regular season and conference tournament championships on the way to an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
Nichay has coached sixteen All-Conference selections, including eight First Team All-Conference players, two Conference Player of the Year recipients, two NABC All-Americans, and one Academic All-American. Twice he has helped to recruit and coach the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year. The 2015 recipient of that award, Brandon Federici, went on to break the CC career scoring record in the 2017-18 season with 2,072 points during his four years at F&M. Federici was also named CC Conference Player of the Year, NABC All-American, CoSIDA Academic All-American, Jostens Trophy Finalist, and was a DIII Reese’s All-Star game participant.
Prior to arriving at Franklin & Marshall, Nichay spent two years as an assistant coach at the Division II level with Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Nichay helped in the recruitment and development of players that would play a number of key roles in Le Moyne’s NCAA Tournament bid in 2014, its first since 1997.
Before arriving at Le Moyne, Nichay spent one season as a Division III assistant at Hartwick College. While at Hartwick, Nichay helped first-year head coach Todd McGuinness lay the foundation for future success with the program. He helped in recruiting Hartwick’s all-time leading scorer and leading rebounder in Jared Suderly, who went on to become a two-time D3 Hoops and NABC All-America selection that would help lead Hartwick to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
In addition to his roles as an assistant coach, Nichay has worked several camps in recent years. Camps where he has worked as a counselor include the Hoop Group, Princeton, Penn, and Columbia elite camps. He is also the Director of the Elite Camp at Franklin & Marshall.
Nichay graduated in 2009 from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. While at Rutgers, he served as a student manager with the men’s basketball team where he assisted the program in a variety of day-to-day operations. Nichay was also named head manager for his senior year with the program.