Troy Nickerson will start his fourth year at Northern Colorado, after becoming the seventh head coach in program history in 2014-2015.
In only three years as head coach, Nickerson has already qualified 8 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, and 7 placers at the Big 12 Championships.
Coach Nickerson had his most successful campaign during the 2016-2017 season by sending four wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament in Rico Montoya, Timmy Box, Keilan Torres, and Dylan Gabel. These were the most wrestlers Nickerson ever sent to the NCAA Championships in a single season.
Since the transition back to the Division I level in 2006, Nickerson has been the only head coach to advance three or more wrestlers to the second day of the NCAA Championships.
The 2016-2017 season will go down as one of the most memorable seasons in Northern Colorado history, as multiple program records were shattered this year under Coach Nickerson.
The Bears had their highest team finishes at the Cliff Keen Invitational and Southern Scuffle, which are regarded as two of the toughest tournaments outside of the NCAA Championships.
For the first time ever, Northern Colorado placed two wrestlers at the Southern Scuffle in Keilan Torres and Dylan Gabel, in addition to grabbing the highest team finish in school history.
Off the mat, the Bears have become better students since Nickerson arrived in Greeley. The team has earned twelve All-Big 12 Academic Team Members in the past two seasons.
Here is a look at key stats since Coach Nickerson took over:
NCAA Championship Team Finishes:
2015 – 47th
2016 – 72nd
2017 – 47th
Big 12 Placers:
All-Big 12 Academic Team Members:
In the Bear's first season in the Big XII Wrestling Conference, Nickerson led a team that qualified 10 individuals for the Big XII Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, saw a National Championship qualifier in Trent Noon and had six placed on the Big XII All-Academic team.
Nickerson took on his first head coaching stint after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa State under Kevin Jackson. During his two seasons with the Cyclones, Nickerson coached three NCAA All-Americans and ten NCAA qualifiers, along with bringing in 2 Top 10 recruiting classes. Nickerson also coached all his starters to a winning percentage of .500 and above in 2012-13.
The Cyclones finished in the top three of the Big 12 Tournament and in the top 12 of the NCAA Tournament during both of Nickerson's seasons with the program.
Prior to joining the Iowa State wrestling program, Nickerson served as co-head coach of the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club from 2011-2012 in Ithaca, N.Y. He was also the head coach of the FLWC college team during the 2010-2011 season.
Nickerson compiled a remarkable collegiate career with Cornell from 2006-10, being named an All-American each season. He won the 2009 NCAA Championship in the 125 pound weight class while becoming an NCAA finalist twice.
A product of Chenango Forks, N.Y., Nickerson was one of the most highly regarded prep wrestlers in the country coming out of high school. He won five New York high school state championships and six national high school championships.
Nickerson graduated from Cornell in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in biology & science with a minor in nutritional science. He currently resides in Greeley with his wife, Allie.
2012-14 - Asst. Coach, Iowa State
2014-present - Head Coach, Northern Colorado
|Northern Colorado Records|
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2x NCAA Finalist
2009 NCAA Champion at 125 lbs.
97-8 Collegiate Career
20th All-Time in Wins at Cornell