David Nicholson has served as head coach of the men's and women's cross country and track teams at Barton since August of 2016.
In his first season, both indoor track teams recorded their best conference finish in program history (third place for the men and fourth place for the women). The men's outdoor track team matched its best league finish in the modern era (third) while recording a record number of points, and the men's cross country team posted its best finish (fourth) in a dozen years.
Under Nicholson's direction, Barton produced both the men's and women's Field MVP at the 2017 Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships, its first NCAA Division II National Championship participant, and its first men's track All-American.
In his first season, Nicholson guided 13 Barton men and 11 BC women to all-conference acclaim, and 12 men and five women to all-region recognition.
Nicholson, a highly successful assistant coach for much of the past decade and a former All-American sprinter, joined the Barton staff after most recently serving at American International College in Springfield, Mass., where he had been an assistant coach and then associate head coach since 2014.
While at AIC, Nicholson was honored as NCAA Division II East Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 indoor season by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
He was honored by the USTFCCCA after helping the Yellow Jackets to their second straight Northeast-10 Conference title while coaching the team’s sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. Three of the athletes he directed claimed league titles and two advanced to the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships.
In his two seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Nicholson guided five athletes to NCAA Division II All-America honors and four to Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year awards.
AIC reached the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Championships in both of his seasons after winning East Region titles, and the men’s track teams won three combined indoor and outdoor conference crowns. The Yellow Jackets’ distance medley team won an NCAA national title at the 2016 Indoor National Championships,
Nicholson was a 2006 All-American in the 400-meters while competing for Eastern Connecticut State University, where he was twice named the school’s Male Athlete of the Year.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Eastern Connecticut, Nicholson began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division I program Wagner College while also obtaining a master’s degree in international business administration.
He stepped outside of collegiate coaching for three years while serving as a sports performance specialist with Integrated Athletic Performance, during which time he had the opportunity to be involved with both the 2010 and 2011 NFL Combines.
He returned to the college ranks in 2012, accepting an assistant coaching position at Queens (N.Y.) College. He spent two seasons with Queens, helping the Knights to an East Coast Conference title in men’s outdoor track in 2013, before joining the staff at AIC.
Nicholson achieved USATF Level 1 certification in 2010 and Level 2 certification in 2015.