Legendary UT coach dies at 82 years old - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Legendary UT coach dies at 82 years old

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Former University of Toledo men's basketball coach Bob Nichols died on Saturday. He was 82 years old.

Nichols led the Rockets to 377 victories between 1965 and 1987, making him the winningest coach in Mid American Conference history.

He took his teams to 3 NCAA tournament appearances, in 1967, 1979 and 1980. His teams won the MAC championship 5 times.

Coach Nichols also played for the Rockets and had coaching jobs at BGSU and Central Catholic High School.

The University of Toledo released statements on the passing of coach Nichols from University President Dr. Lloyd A. Jacobs, Athletic Director Mike O'Brien and current men's basketball head coach Tod Kowalczyk.

University President Dr. Lloyd A. Jacobs: 

"Saturday was truly a sad day for the University of Toledo. Coach Nichols' legacy transcends athletics and his men's basketball program was one that produced leaders both on and off the court. We will truly miss everything he stood for and what he meant to our University."

Athletic Director Mike O'Brien: 

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Coach Nichols and are grateful for all he did for our men's basketball program. He made his home in the Toledo community and remained a strong supporter of our programs. His legacy is one that will remain in our memories forever."

Head Men's Basketball Coach Tod Kowalczyk:

"We lost the father of Toledo basketball Saturday.  Coach Nichols is the definition of a true Rocket.  He is humble, gracious, and a man of integrity. Since coming to Toledo three years ago, Coach has been a friend, a mentor and an inspiration."

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