Dickson named TJC's first softball coach
Published Tuesday, 30th July 2013
Nicole Dickson has been named TJC's first softball coach.
Most recently, she was head coach at Paris Junior College, where she led the Lady Dragons to the school’s first region title and NJCAA National Tournament appearance in a women's sport. TJC intends to field a team for the 2014-2015 school year.
Dickson assumes her duties at TJC on Aug. 19, and she will recruit and teach in the health and kinesiology department during the 2013-14 school year.
“Tyler Junior College is so fortunate to get someone of Nicole’s caliber as our coach,” said TJC Athletic Director Dr. Tim Drain. “We had so many qualified applicants, and the interest was much more than we expected. I think that speaks volumes about our school and our athletic program. I know Nicole will do a great job and we are looking forward to many great years of Lady Apache softball under her leadership.”
In addition to the regional championship, Dickson and her staff also won Coaching Staff of the Year honors for Region 14.
Prior to Paris, Dickson served three years as assistant softball coach and adjunct instructor for Howard College. During that time Howard was Region 5 Champion in 2011 and 2012, placing seventh nationally in 2012 and ninth in 2011 at the NJCAA Tournament.
Prior to Howard, Dickson was the graduate assistant softball coach and an adjunct instructor at Hardin-Simmons University, where she earned her Master of Education in sports management and kinesiology. At Hardin-Simmons, she helped guide the Cowgirls to an ASC West Conference Championship, finishing the season at 31-12.
She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. She was the 2008 undergraduate of the year at ENMU and also won the Major of the Year from the National Association of Sports and Physical Education.
Prior to that, she played at Howard College where she had a perfect 4.0 GPA and received an Associate of Science degree. She was an All-Conference and All-Region selection as a pitcher with a 19-4 record. She also hit .365 for her career.
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