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Georgetown College Announces New Women’s Basketball Head Coach Jeff Nickel

Submitted on March 24, 2021

At a press conference on campus Wednesday, Georgetown College announced Jeff Nickel of Shawnee State University as the new women’s basketball head coach. 

“It’s a great day in Tiger athletics as we welcome Coach Jeff Nickel to the athletic staff and hand him the reins of our women’s basketball program,” said Vice President of Athletics Brian Evans. “We have someone who can lead this program, not just so we can be competitive, but so we can win championships.”

For the past eight years, Nickel has served as head coach of the women’s basketball team at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. Under Nickel’s leadership, the SSU women’s college basketball program has achieved the highest winning percentage in Ohio.

Nickel’s tenure at SSU, his alma mater, had a 78-percent winning percentage with an overall record of 214-60. In the Mid-South Conference, SSU was 95-32, a 75-percent winning percentage. The Bears won five conference tournament crowns and one regular-season title.

“The foundation is here, and the talent is here,” Nickel said. “I look forward to hitting the ground running and getting Georgetown back to national tournaments on a regular basis. That’s our goal, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Georgetown College’s women’s basketball program began in 1972. During the first few seasons, the team had five different coaches until Susan Johnson became the staple of the program, coaching for nearly 32 seasons. In the past four years, the Tigers achieved a record of 46-62. In the 2018-19 season, the team began with 15-straight wins, the most consecutive wins to start a season, and advanced to the national tournament for the first time in four years.

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