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Steve Nichols
Steve  Nichols

Last College:
Loyola '92

Position:
Head Coach

10/04/2014

Connor Thompson's free kick wins it for the Greyhounds

Connor Thompson bent a 20-yard free kick around a Colgate University wall, and the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team defeated the visiting Raiders, 1-0, on Oct. 4, 2014, at Ridley Athletic Complex. Matt Sanchez made four saves in goal for the clean sheet.

09/18/2014

The Greyhounds score 18 seconds into overtime to defeat La Salle 1-0

The Greyhounds score 18 seconds into overtime to defeat La Salle 1-0

08/28/2014

Interviews from head coach Steve Nichols and the players as the Greyhounds prepare for the upcoming season

Interviews from head coach Steve Nichols and the players as the Greyhounds prepare for the upcoming season

05/29/2014

Meet New Men's Soccer Head Coach Steve Nichols

Meet new men's soccer head coach Steve Nichols

Steve Nichols was named the ninth head coach in Loyola men's soccer history on February 6, 2014, and just the third in the program's NCAA Division I history since 1982. He took over the reins of a program that advanced to the MAAC Tournaments each year it was a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, winning a league-best 12 titles, before joining the Patriot League for the 2013 season.

Since returning to the Evergreen Campus, Nichols has directed a resurgence into the men’s soccer program. Inheriting a team that went 7-8-2 in 2013 and won just two games in its inaugural season of Patriot League play, Nichols’ first two squads combined for an overall record of 7-21-6 and a 2-13-3 mark in conference games during the rebuilding process. His two teams since then have combined for an overall record of 19-12-4, a 13-3-2 mark in Patriot League play, a Patriot League Regular Season Championship and two-straight Patriot League Tournament berths. 

The 2016 season saw the start of the men’s soccer program’s turnaround, as Nichols and his staff brought in the program’s first-ever nationally ranked recruiting class, a group ranked No. 13 by College Soccer News. Highlighted by prized recruits Brian Saramago and Barry Sharifi from the NY Red Bull Academy, Nico Brown and Jonathan Sousa from DC United and Josh Fawole from Baltimore Celtic, Loyola posted its first winning season since 2012 that year, going 8-7-3 overall.

Nichols was voted the Patriot League Coach of the Year for guiding his team to its first Patriot League Tournament appearance and a quarterfinal round bye after finishing runner-up in the League with a 6-1-2 overall record, despite being picked to finish tied for eighth. Loyola’s lone loss was a 1-0 decision against Bucknell, while the Greyhounds rattled off wins six wins, including over preseason favorite and defending Patriot League Regular Season Champion American and eventual 2016 Patriot League Champion Colgate at home, to post the biggest turnaround in Patriot League history (no team had ever won six games following a winless season).

Loyola placed five Greyhounds on an all-conference team that year, while Saramago was voted the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and Matt Sanchez became Loyola’s first goalkeeper to earn a major conference award since Reb Beatty was the MAAC Defender of the Year in 2002.

Following a 2015 season in which the Greyhounds scored just six goals and finished tied for last in the NCAA in goals scored, Loyola scored in 15 of their last 16 games and finished the 2016 season on a 12-game scoring streak, a stretch that ranked fourth-best in program history.

The Greyhounds stretched their streak to 14-straight games with a goal, opening the 2017 season with a pair of wins for the first time since 2008. Despite facing multiple injuries throughout the early part of the season, Loyola continued its hot streak by outscoring conference opponents 18-9, en route to winning its first-ever Patriot League Regular Season Championship - and hosting duties for the 2017 Patriot League Tournament – with a 7-2 record in conference play. With an 11-5-1 overall record, the Greyhounds turned in their 38th 10-win season in program history in 2017, and their first since 2012, and rose to No. 1 in the Northeast Region rankings for the first time since 2008. Loyola was also receiving votes in the national poll.

Nichols was once again named the Patriot League Coach of the Year and Loyola, picked to win the Patriot League in 2017, placed a League-best seven Greyhounds on the All-Patriot League Teams, while Barry Sharifi was named the Patriot League Midfielder of the Year and freshman Chase Vosvick picked up both goalkeeper and rookie of the year accolades.

In his first two seasons at his alma mater, Nichols guided the program to a top-20 win and two ties against nationally ranked foes.

Prior to returning to Loyola, Nichols coached Baltimore's top talent for over 22 years. In addition to serving as head coach of the Baltimore Bohemians professional team and director of coaching for the Baltimore Celtic Soccer Club youth organization, he spent 17 years building McDonough School into a perennial national prep power. He led the program to a No. 1 national high school ranking on two occasions, including 2013, when the Eagles posted an unprecedented unbeaten record of 21-0-1, en route to winning the national championship. McDonogh has won eight MIAA Championships under Nichols and have been MIAA runners-up on six occasions. Only three times throughout Nichols' 17 years of guidance have the Eagles not played for the MIAA title.

Nichols was named the 2013 NSCAA Boys Private/Parochial School National Coach of the Year and has garnered honors such as NSCAA/MACS Coach of the Year, NSCAA/Adidas Regional and State Coach of the Year and Baltimore Sun Metro Coach of the Year. He was also named the Maryland State High School Terry Colaw Service Award winner in 2007 and the Richard Bartos Memorial Coach of the Year in 2000.

Outside of McDonogh, Nichols is the only coach in the nation to win nine National Youth Soccer Championships and was appointed the national coach for the U-17 Chelsea Tour in England in both 2009 and 2011. He served as the head coach for the Maryland Olympic Development Program from 1995-99, being awarded as the Maryland Olympic Development Coach of the Year in 1996 and was an MLS player combine coach in 2007.

A graduate of Boys' Latin School of Maryland, Nichols began his career at James Madison before coming to Loyola to help the men's soccer program to a 28-7-8 record, including an unblemished 13-0-0 mark in MAAC play, through the 1989 and 1990 seasons. Nichols, an all-region performer and two-time team most valuable player, remained with the program for the 1991 season while finishing his coursework, helping the squad to a third-straight MAAC regular season and tournament title.

Following his time in the Green and Grey, Nichols went on to play professionally for the Baltimore Spirit of the NPSL and the Baltimore Bays of the USISL, before taking over at McDonogh School.

Nichols earned his bachelor of arts in communications and public relations from Loyola in 1992.

Steve Nichols, Year-by-Year
Year Overall
Record
Pct. PL
Record
Finish Preseason
PL Rank
PL
Tourn.
Postseason
2014   5-8-4 .412 2-5-2 7th 8th - -
2015 2-13-2 .176 0-8-1 10th 8th - -
2016 8-6-3 .559 6-1-2 2nd t8th Semifinalist Patriot League Tournament
2017 11-6-1 .639 7-2-0 1st 1st Semifinalist Patriot League
Tournament
Total 26-33-10  .294 15-16-5 - - -

Award Winners Under Nichols
Year Major Awards PL First Team PL Second Team PL Academic PL Tournament United Soccer Coaches All-Region
2014   None Thompson Cahalan
2015 None
2016 Sanchez (GK), Saramago (Rookie), Nichols (Coach) Saramago, Sanchez Carlsson, Sharifi, Tuck Goldsmith, Vogel Saramago, Sharifi Saramago (1st)
2017 Sharifi (Midfield), Vosvick (GK, Rookie), Nichols (Coach) Carlsson, Saramago, Sharifi, Vosvick, Watson Carter, Fawole Carlsson, Campbell Carlsson, Fawole Saramago (1st), Vosvick (1st), Sharifi (2nd)  Carlsson (3rd)
Total 7 7 5 5 4

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