[COLLEGE MEN] Steve Nichols, who built the Baltimore Bays into a national youth power before leaving to form Baltimore Celtic and coached at perennial prep power McDonough School, has been named the head men’s coach at his alma mater, Loyola (Md.).
Nichols has coached Baltimore’s top talent for over 22 years. In addition to currently serving as the director of coaching for Baltimore Celtic and head coach of the PDL's Baltimore Bohemians, Nichols has spent the last 17 years at McDonough.
“We are thrilled that Steve Nichols is returning to his alma mater to serve as our head men’s soccer coach,” Loyola director of athletics Jim Paquettesaid. “Steve has had a strong presence in the Baltimore soccer community for more than 20 years, and he has helped develop some of the best talent in the state of Maryland. In addition, he has been recognized nationally for his accomplishments as a professional, high school and club coach. I firmly believe he is the right person at the right time to lead our men’s soccer program”
Nichols, the 2013 NSCAA Boys Private/Parochial School National Coach of the Year, becomes the ninth head coach in Loyola men’s soccer history and just the third in the program’s NCAA Division I history since 1982. He takes the reins of a program that advanced to the MAAC Tournaments each year it was a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, winning a league-best 12 titles before joining the Patriot League in 2014.
“This opportunity is a lifetime dream for me,” Nichols said. “I grew up in the area and, at the time, while I was playing high school and club soccer, Loyola was the top choice for kids in the area; that’s why I went there. This is a life-changing opportunity and my dream is to come back and make that happen again.”
Various Baltimore Bays teams won nine USYS national titles and McDonogh won eight Maryland prep championships. He left the Bays and Development Academy to form Baltimore Celtic, which allows him to coach McDonogh players in club ball.