Athletics

Head Swimming Coach Nick Nichols

Nichols

Head Coach Nick Nichols took the helm of the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams at Amherst at the start of the 1998-1999 season. On the women’s side, Nick has led the team to a 106-12 record, including three Little Three Championships and three undefeated dual meet seasons. His teams have finished in the top ten at NCAA’s 11 times, including five top-5 finishes and consecutive second place showings in 2007 and 2008. He was named the Women’s Division III NCAA Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2008. On the men’s side, Nichols has led the team to a 96-16 record, including four Little Three Championships and three undefeated dual meet seasons. In addition, his teams have amassed six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including back-to-back fifth place showings in 2009 and 2010. Between the two teams, he has coached swimmers to 28 individual and five relay championships at NCAAs.

Nick came to Amherst after spending five years as the assistant swimming coach for Yale University. Prior to his time at Yale, he spent two seasons as the head swimming coach at the University of Vermont. While coaching for Vermont, Nick was named the 1990 New England Division I Coach of the Year.

Nick began coaching after completing an impressive swimming career at St. Lawrence University. In his time at St. Lawrence, Nick compiled five individual Division III NCAA titles including repeat wins in the 100 backstroke in 1980 and 1981. In addition, he was a part of St. Lawrence’s 400 freestyle relay team that won NCAAs in 1980 when Nick led the team to a third place finish overall.

Nick graduated from St. Lawrence in 1982 with a Bachelors Degree in Government. He currently resides in Amherst with his wife, Yanik, and daughter, Georgia.

Assistant Swimming Coach Erin Mullins

Mullins.JPGErin Mullins enters her first season with the Amherst College swimming and diving staff. A 2011 Summa cum Laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Mullins excelled in the pool. A four-year letterwinner and two-time captain, Mullins was a finalist at the BIG EAST Championships twice in her career and was an All-BIG EAST Academic selection from 2007 to 2011.

Following her collegiate career, Mullins attended Indiana State University where she earned a Master's degree in Sports Management. During her tenure at Indiana State, she served as the women's swimming and diving graduate assistant at DePauw University.

At DePauw, Mullins assisted with recruiting and overseeing the training of the middle distance group. During the 2012-13 season, the program experienced unprecedented success with seven school records, 28 all-time top 10 marks, and 12 NCAA B Cuts. She helped guide a DePauw team to a third place finish in its first and second years as a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference and also coached a seven-time All-American to a seventh place finish at the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships.

Diving Coach Jesse Maple

Maple.JPGJesse Maple became the Amherst College diving coach for the 2012-2013 season.

In his first year with the Jeffs, Maple was named the 2013 NESCAC Women's Diving Coach of the Year and led the largest diving contingent in the country to four All-America finishes and one All-America honorable mention finish at the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championships.

On the women’s side, he coached Lizzy Linsmayer '14 to the 2013 NESCAC 1-meter title and saw Linsmayer grab two All-America honors at the 2013 NCAA Championships, capturing third on 3-meter and second on 1-meter.

For the men, Maple led Colin White '14 to the 2013 NESCAC 1-meter championship in a conference and school record breaking performance. At the 2013 NCAA DIII Championships he led Asher Lichtig ’16 to All-America honors with a fourth place finish on 1-meter while White took 7th on 3-meter, also garnering All-America status.

Maple was a diver for the University of Alabama and the University of Minnesota and was a junior and senior national qualifier several times. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.