Nan P. Nichols
Nan P. Nichols, 72, of Wooster, Ohio and formerly of Tipton,
died at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Westview Manor in
Wooster. She was born July 31, 1939 in Elwood to Robert F. &
Evelyn (Vance) Nichols.
Nan was a teacher, coach, athletic director, and a life-long
promoter of women's collegiate athletics. She was a 1957
graduate of Tipton High School and Butler University graduate.
She started teaching at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio in
1962 but left after one year to pursue her master's degree at
Bowling Green State University.
Returning to The College of Wooster in 1965, she would spend the
next 30 years helping to build a broad-based varsity athletic
program, helping to develop six women's teams at the college in less
than a decade that would become a model for other colleges and
universities throughout the United States.
As head women's basketball coach, she guided Wooster to three
national tournament appearances, one conference championship and an
overall record of 186-131. As head women's swimming and diving
coach, she led the Scots to a remarkable 70-8 dual-meet record, even
though she had never been a competitive swimmer.
As an administrator, Nan served as Wooster's Director of Women's
Athletics for 21 years between 1974 and 1995. She also served
as the chairperson for the Midwest Association for Intercollegiate
Sports for Women and the Ohio Athletic Conference Committee on
Women's Sports. She also played a major role in the
establishment of the Centennial Conference for women in 1983 as well
as the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) in 1984. The
NCAC recognized Nan's achievements by naming its women's basketball
most valuable performer trophy after her, beginning with the 2009-10
As a way of honoring Nan, The College of Wooster created the Nan
Nichols Classic basketball tournament in 1996. In 2010 she was
inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2011 the
National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators
honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nan is survived by one niece and three nephews, Lynn N. Hall and
husband Chris, Madison, Indiana, Bob Nichols and wife Teri, Tipton,
Brad Nichols and wife Christine, Tipton, and Mike Nichols and wife
Diann, Hartford City, Indiana; fourteen great-nieces and nephews,
Nathan, Nicholas, and Noah Hall, Aaron, Thomas, and David Nichols,
Emily, Lindsay, and Philip Nichols, Khaila Lay, Kinsey Nichols,
Emily, Cameron, and Kyle Orr; a special friend and caregiver, Kathy
She is also survived by one aunt, Phyllis Vance Ling, Sarasota,
Florida, and three cousins, Carol Holmes and husband RB, Sarasota,
Florida, Dr. Jill Buroker, Redlands, California and Pam Ely and
husband Tom, Bridgewater, New Jersey. She was preceded in
death by one brother, Philip V. Nichols.
Nan's funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23 at St. John
the Baptist Catholic Church, 340 Mill Street, Tipton, with Rev.
Leroy Kinnaman presiding. Burial will follow in Fairview
Cemetery, Tipton. A luncheon will be served at St. John's
School following the interment where friends are invited to join the
family for a time of food and fellowship.
Memorial contributions may be made for a scholarship at the College
of Wooster in Nan's memory through the arranging funeral home,
Young-Nichols Funeral Home, 216 W. Jefferson Street, Tipton,