Lee Nickell begins his first year as assistant coach for the men's tennis team. Nickell spent the previous four seasons as an assistant at the University of Alabama. A dominant competitor in his playing days, Nickell uses the same competitive fire and experience as a coach. Head coach Jay Udwadia will look to Nickell to help lead the Bulldogs to a spot among the nation's elite.
As an assistant coach at Alabama, Nickell helped guide the Crimson Tide to two NCAA tournament appearances. He was a part of the 2007 Crimson Tide team that finished with a No. 14 national ranking, after compiling a 22-10 record and reaching the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Championships.
During his time at Alabama, Nickell was dedicated toward building tennis in the Tuscaloosa community. He donated his time during the week to teach underprivileged youth the game of tennis with the hope of getting more people involved in tennis and encouraging the community to build a new public tennis facility.
Before beginning his coaching career in 2005, Nickell worked for four years at several clubs and tennis centers in the Southeast. In 2001, he was the Head Tennis Pro/Director of Junior Development at the Hendersonville Racquet Club. In 2003, Nickell was named Fitness Director at the Tops'l Beach and Racquet Club in Destin, Fla. before being named Tennis Professional at the Cherokee Tennis Center in Woodstock, Ga. in 2004.
As a player, Nickell was a four-year letterman at Furman University and a three-time All-Southern Conference selection. He earned back-to-back all-conference honors in singles in 1999 and 2000, as well as being named all-conference doubles after posting a 23-8 record in 2000.
Nickell earned a degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman in 2001.