August 22, 2012 in High School
Another of the state’s remaining high profile basketball jobs has now been filled. East Lansing coach Steve Finamore first tweeted the news that former Jackson High School coach Ramsey Nichols will be the new coach at Central, and Scott DeCamp of the Kalamzoo Gazette later confirmed. From the story:
“Mr. Nichols joins the district with a strong teaching and coaching history, and holds a secondary education certification in social studies,” the KPS release stated.
“Mr. Nichols has a background in addressing the academic, social and emotional needs of students as well as their athletic talents.”
Thomas, 29, led Kalamazoo Central to a 92-11 record, three straight Class A state championship game appearances and two state titles in his four years at the helm.
Jackson athletic director Bob Smoots said earlier Wednesday that he’d hate to lose a coach and educator the caliber of Nichols, who worked as a game manager for the Vikings’ athletic department during the basketball offseason, when he’s not coaching.
“He does a great job with our kids here,” Smoots said, “and he’d do a great job anywhere.”
Former Kalamazoo Central coach Mike Thomas, who built the program into a powerhouse, left earlier this summer to take an assistant coaching job at his alma mater, Albion College.