Nichols promotes from within
Athletic director Charlyn Robert has announced the promotion of
Jeff Lindgren to head men's basketball coach. Lindgren, a four-year
men's basketball player and three-year assistant coach at Nichols,
begins his tenure immediately and replaces Dave Sokolnicki, who
recently announced his resignation.
“I am excited to carry on the tradition that I have been a part of over the last seven years,” said Lindgren. “I attribute and thank Coach Sokolnicki to helping me become the person and coach I am today, and also want to thank Director of Athletics Charlie Robert for giving me the opportunity to start my coaching career at Nichols College.”
The winningest coach in program history, Sokolnicki ends his tenure with a record of 159-178 (.457) and as one of just seven coaches all-time with more than 100 wins at the college across all sports. He guided Nichols to the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament in 10 of his 13 seasons, and was named CCC Coach of the Year in 2003. During his tenure, Sokolnicki coached 13 All-CCC players and saw seven players garner CCC All-Academic Status with a 3.5 or higher grade-point average.
A four-year letterwinner, Lindgren was a three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference All-Academic team member and captained the Bison in his senior season. Since joining the coaching staff for the 2009-10 season, Lindgren has played a key role in the program's recruiting process and helped guide Nichols to its first Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinal appearance in nine seasons.
“I am excited to have Jeff on staff as our next head coach,” added Robert. “He is passionate about teaching and coaching basketball. Jeff has played a key role in our basketball success these last few years and is very deserving of the opportunity to take the helm of a program that he has had a hand in building from recruiting to coaching.”
Lindgren played in 95 games at guard for the Bison and enjoyed a breakout senior campaign that saw him average more than 12 points per game. A threat from beyond the arc, he finished his career with a .325 three-point shooting percentage.
“I am looking forward to shaping our student-athletes as they grow to see the big picture within our team culture: student, institution, family and community are all parts of our team's equation. We work hard at putting academics first and that has, and will continue to, pay dividends on the court.”
Lindgren graduated from Nichols with a bachelor's degree in general business in 2009, and earned his MBA from the college in 2012.
“It was an absolute pleasure leading the men's basketball program at Nichols College over the past 13 years,” said Sokolnicki. “I will cherish the memories and the relationships that were developed along the journey. I was so fortunate to be able to share this season and the experience with some amazing players, parents and fans.”