Nichol served as an assistant coach of the University of Guelph Gryphons women’s varsity team from 2017 to 2019, before taking an assistant coach role with Schwarz-Weiss Erfurt, a professional women’s team competing in the top league in Germany; Nichol occupied this role since 2020.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Holland Hurricanes men’s volleyball program,” shared Nichol. “Being a head coach at a post-secondary institution with a fantastic reputation like Holland College is something I have been working towards since I began coaching.”
As a player, Nichol has previously captained the Georgian College Grizzlies of the Ontario Collegiate Athletic Association (OCAA), was a member of the University of Guelph Gryphons as well as the Conestoga College Condors. He was active as a collegiate student-athlete between 2014 and 2020. Prior to playing at the collegiate level, he represented Ontario on several provincial teams at national events.
“We are confident that Hayden comes into the role as a motivated young coach who played and coached at a high level both domestically and internationally,” shared Director of Athletics and Recreation at Holland College, Albert Roche. “He recognizes the challenges on building a national contender in our region of the country and is prepared to develop our program to this standard. We see him as a coach who can relate with and motivate our student-athletes. He also can play a key role in the development of our young volleyball players in the province.”
The men’s volleyball Hurricanes are two-time Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) champions (2017 and 2019) and hosted the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national championship in 2015.
“I am a coach that brings a lot of energy to the court in practices and matches,” shared Nichol. “I will run my program using three pillars which are hard-work, accountability and trust. This is how we will build up to becoming a competitive team at the national level.”
The 2019-2020 season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nichol hopes to return to the court for the 2021-2022 season this fall.
“Fans can expect a team that has a strong focus on winning the serve and will battle every match, having a creative yet purposeful offensive system. The goal for the program is to become a consistent ACAA championship team and a medal contender year in and year out at the CCAA championships.”
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, May 31, 2021