POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 2:14pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 5:39pm
Tyler, Tx (KETK/TJC Press Release) — Tyler Junior College is pleased to announce that Nicole Dickson has been named as the school’s first ever softball coach. She recently was the head coach at Paris Junior College, where she led the Lady Dragons to the school’s first ever 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 will begin work at TJC on August 19th, and 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 apply for the job, and the interest was much more than I 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.”
"We are so pleased that Nicole Dickson has agreed to join Tyler Junior College as our debut coach for women's softball,” said TJC President Dr. Mike Metke. “She has a terrific record of building programs and achieving success and I know she will find success here, too. This is a great day for TJC."
The Lady Dragons were 37-19 on the year, including a stellar 15-5 conference record. They captured the Region 14 title by winning three games on the final day, including back-to-back wins over Trinity Valley Community College. They finished the season tied for ninth at the NJCAA National Tournament.
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.
Dickson completed her collegiate playing career at Eastern New Mexico University, as pitcher for the Zias. At ENMU she posted a 22-14 record while playing for Armando Quiroz and Amber Daniel. Coach Quiroz said Dickson competed like he wanted all his athletes to compete – all out all the time. 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.
Dickson attended Monahans High School in Monahans, Texas. Her parents, Edwin and Kim Dickson, reside in San Angelo, Texas.