Robert Nicholson enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Tiger soccer program. Nicholson's duties include overlooking the team's nutrition and strength and conditioning programs.
"Robbie's knowledge of the game and of strength and conditioning gives us a great advantage," said head coach Richie Grant. "He knows how to motivate young men to want to perform well, and he gives them the knowledge they need to take care of themselves and stay in shape."
The Wishaw, Scotland, native came to the program after two years as both assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach at cross-town Christian Brothers University. At CBU, Nicholson worked with both the men's and women's teams and helped lead the women's squad to the 2002 Division II National Championship.
Prior to his stint at CBU, the 34-year-old served as the assistant coach at his alma mater, Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
As a player, Nicholson played two seasons (1995-97) as a defender at Tyler JC, where he was the team captain for both seasons and led the team to a pair of Junior College National Tournament semifinal appearances. He then moved on to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., from 1997-99, where he also played defense and captained the Redmen for two seasons.
Nicholson is a 1999 graduate of Northeastern State, where he earned his degree in health and kinesiology with an emphasis in teaching and education. He then completed his Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the summer of 2000. Nicholson received his Advanced National Coaching License from the National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA) in 2004.
Nicholson also spent six years in the British Royal Marine Commandos, where he was involved in peacekeeping operations.
Nicholson is married to the former Heather Duprel, the couple resides in Memphis. He has one sister, Elizabeth, who lives in Scotland. His parents, William and Margaret Nicholson, also reside in Scotland.