Athletics

NCAA Division III 

Nichols offers an extensive athletics program with ten men’s and nine women’s teams competing in the NCAA Division III. The college is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), New England Football Conference (NEFC), ECAC Northeast Ice Hockey League, Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), and ECAC Women’s East Ice Hockey League.

Men's Teams Women's Teams
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Field Hockey
Football Ice Hockey
Golf Lacrosse
Ice Hockey Soccer
Lacrosse Softball
Soccer Tennis
Tennis Track
Track  

The Competition

Fall:
The Bison athletics program includes football, soccer, cross country, and golf for men, and cross country, field hockey, soccer, and tennis for women. All but the football team compete in the 10-institution Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) with schools such as Western New England College, Endicott College, Salve Regina University, and Roger Williams University. The field hockey, golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and women’s tennis teams have won conference championships in the past several years.

Winter:
The Bison compete in men’s and women’s basketball as well as in men’s and women’s ice hockey. The basketball teams both compete in the CCC and have produced a number of all-stars at the conference and regional levels. The men’s hockey team has produced several ECAC all-stars and has participated in the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 ECAC Northeast Ice Hockey League Tournament, winning the championship in 2009, 2014, and 2015. Home ice for the Bison is the June R. Levy Rink in Harrisville, R.I.

Spring:
Teams include baseball, lacrosse, golf, track, and tennis for men; lacrosse, track, and softball for women. The baseball and softball teams often travel to Florida for an early-season start during spring break before starting the CCC schedule. The men’s tennis team won the Conference Championship in 2000, 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Athletics Facilities

Nichols boasts many fine outdoor sports facilities. Beginning in the Fall of 2005, football, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse teams practiced and competed on a brand new outdoor multi-purpose synthetic turf field complete with lights, press box, bleachers, and an all-weather eight-lane track. The field was dedicated in 2005 in honor of Coach Michael J. Vendetti. Dedicated in the Fall of 1992, the Francis J. Robinson Jr. Tennis Courts are fully lighted and were rebuilt in 2014-2015. Fields for soccer, softball, and baseball complement the College’s outdoor facilities.

The multipurpose Chalmers Field House contains multiple levels and a clear span gymnasium of 120’x120’x35’. It has a basketball court, locker rooms, athletic offices, and equipment storage. The facility was remodeled and renovated in 2015 to include a weight room, fitness center, athletic training room, and aerobics/dance studio. During the academic year, the field house is one of the busiest places on campus with intramural sports and recreational activities.

The Athletic Center, completed in the fall of 2000, contains a performance gym for varsity basketball and volleyball.  The building contains a suspended jogging track, two racquetball courts, one squash court, an atrium foyer with indoor climbing wall, four varsity locker rooms, two offices, and a multipurpose function room.

This publication provides information concerning the programs at Nichols College and does not constitute a contract with the student.

The policies and procedures contained in the 2016-2018 Nichols College Catalog will remain in effect until June 30, 2018. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect whenever College officials deem necessary and will be communicated via written notice whenever possible or other means as appropriate.

NICHOLS COLLEGE
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P.O. Box 5000
Dudley, Massachusetts 01571-5000
Catalog of Nichols College
July 2016
Volume XLVIII