Who is Sam Nichols?


In May 2007, Sam Nichols retired from 32 years coaching Women’s Basketball.  The last 12 years were spent as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at McMurry University.  He retired from McMurry as the all-time winningest Women’s Basketball Coach in McMurry University history.

In 2018 Nichols was inducted into the McMurry
University Athletic Hall of Honor. Under Nichols’ leadership, McMurry Women’s Basketball teams reached several milestones:

  • Four NCAA Post-season appearances, including making the “Sweet 16” in 2000
  • 2006 American Southwest Conference Champions
  • Developed Four All-Americans
  • Set over 33 school records
  • 100% Graduation among his players in 12 yrs. at McMurry

In 2006, Nichols was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 600 Victory Club, and he has a 70% career winning percentage during his 32 years.

From 2005-2007, Nichols served on the WBCA Board of Directors as Chairmen of the Male Coaches of Women’s Basketball.

He is Founder and President of Basketball Smiles, a program of free basketball camps in the inner city playgrounds of the Bahamas. A veteran clinician, Nichols is still much in demand, and speaks at basketball clinics and camps around the United States, and still loves to teach the game of basketball.  He has conducted clinics in Russia and Africa, along with the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Currently, Sam is Chief Meteorologist for KTAB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Abilene Texas.  In 2008, Sam was awarded the “Bell” Award for outstanding media coverage of issues in education by the Texas Retired Teachers’ Association.  Since joining KTAB-TV, Sam has repeatedly been voted the “Favorite TV Weather Person” in the Abilene Reporter News Reader’s Choice Awards.

In June 2013, Sam was named as a prestigious Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of East Nassau, Bahamas for his commitment to world understanding and peace.

In his spare time, Sam loves to cook, play golf, and spend time with his wife, Sandy.