Appointment Of Dave Nichol As Offensive Coordinator One Of Four Changes
Dave Nichol will begin his first season as East Carolina's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after being appointed to the position on January 15, 2015.
Nichol, who has served an active role on spread scheme offensive staffs that have made a combined 10 bowl game appearances since 2000, recently completed his third season as the Pirates' outside receivers coach after joining McNeill's staff in 2012.
For the third-straight campaign, Nichol's unit provided ECU's explosive offense with a big play threat in 2014, most notably with senior Cam Worthy, sophomore Davon Grayson, sophomore Jimmy Williams and freshman Trevon Brown. The quartet posted a combined 116 receptions for 1,791 yards and nine touchdowns for a squad that ranked third nationally in pass offense and fifth in total offense. Worthy became just the second outside pass catcher in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard mark and owned a team-high seven receptions that covered 35 yards or more.
As the Pirates' eye in the sky from the pressbox over the past three years, Nichol played an integral role for an unprecedented level of offensive production that established successive single-season school records in passing yards (4,265 in 2013/4,835 in 2014) and total yards (6,086/6,929). In all, he has been a part of 70 combined individual or team single-game, single-season and career offensive standards that were tied or set during the course of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 campaigns.
Before his appointment at ECU, Nichol spent five seasons at Pac-12 Conference member Arizona. After arriving in Tucson as a graduate assistant in 2007, he was quickly promoted to full-time status as the Wildcats' outside receivers coach a year later before adding inside receiver responsibilities in 2011.
While working with the offensive line during his initial campaign, Nichol assisted in the installation and operation of UA's spread attack. His efforts helped boost offensive production by 130 yards per game over the previous system and arguably provided a foundation for a run of three consecutive postseason games.
Nichol's transition into a leadership capacity with the Wildcats' receiving corps vaulted Arizona's passing game into national prominence in just three seasons. After standing 36th and 48th nationally in 2008 and 2009, respectively, UA was ninth in 2010 after averaging 307.7 air yards per game. The Wildcats improved to third a year later with a clip of 370.8 behind the play of quarterback Nick Foles and receiver Juron Criner.
Nichol spent the 2006 season at Baylor as a staff assistant contributing to the implementation of a spread offense that helped the Bears set numerous school single-season passing records, including yards, completions, completion percentage and touchdowns.
He enjoyed three bowl appearances as an offensive line assistant at alma mater Texas Tech before his move to Waco. While with the Red Raiders from 2003 to 2005, Nichol was part of an explosive unit that topped the nation in passing each season and shattered numerous school, conference and NCAA records.
Nichol was passing game coordinator, quarterbacks and receivers coach at Cisco (Texas) Junior College in 2002, directing a group that led the Southwest Junior College Football Conference in passing and finished second in total offense.
He was a football letterman as a receiver at Texas Tech, and worked as a student coach on the Red Raider staff after completing his playing career. Nichol assisted with quarterbacks and receivers during a pair of bowl seasons, which included a matchup against East Carolina in the 2000 galleryfurniture.com Bowl
Nichol, 38, earned his bachelor's degree in exercise sports sciences from Texas Tech in 1999 before following with a master's in interdisciplinary studies from the same institution three years later.
A native of Chicago, Ill., Nichol graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas (Texas) before enrolling at Texas Tech.