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Coach Nichols returns for Basketball Smiles camp

  • Coach Sam Nichols guides a young camper through a lay-up drill during the Basketball Smiles Basketball Camp. Nichols is returning to The Bahamas for the 14th annual camp this year. FILE

Published: Jun 05, 2013

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Coach Sam Nichols, retired Head Women’s Basketball Coach at McMurry University, in Abilene, Texas, will be coming again this year for his 14th Annual Basketball Smiles Basketball Camp. The camp will be held at C.I. Gibson High School, June 17-19, 2013. The girls camp will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and the boys camp will run from 1-4 p.m.

The camps are free, and are coordinated by H.O. Nash Coach Patricia ‘Patty’ Johnson.

Nichols was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 1999, and retired in 2007 with over  600 career wins. He has a 70 percent winning rate over 32 years of coaching, and has written two basketball textbooks, and has conducted basketball clinics all over the world, including Russia and Africa.

Nichols is the most successful coach in McMurry University women’s basketball history, and guided the Lady Indians to national prominence during his 12 seasons at McMurry. He has won several ‘Coach of the Year’ honors during his career.

Along with Nichols will be Coach Randy Thompson, vice president and director of operations for Basketball Smiles, and nine other Texas coaches.

“This group of coaches make up a tremendous staff of dedicated coaches with big hearts who love teaching the game of basketball. All of these coaches raised their own money and are giving of their free time to come and work with Bahamian boys and girls,” said Johnson.

The motto of Basketball Smiles is: ‘We bring a week of smiles and hope through basketball’. According to Nichols, “along with basketball, we will conduct a daily life skills program during the camp that emphasizes self-respect, academic success, good citizenship, and spiritual values. Our goal is not just to develop basketball players, but to help build future leaders in The Bahamas.”

As always, Nichols’ itinerary will be coordinated by Johnson.


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