RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) – They say home is where the heart is and for Radford Highlanders men’s assistant basketball coach Shane Nichols, that saying takes on a deeper meaning. “It was great to be back home with my family. Come back with my brother. We have been estranged from each other for about 12 years in the business. So being able to come back here and help develop the program is special for us, ”said Shane Nichols.
For the past six seasons, Shane Nichols has been an assistant coach at Murray State. That was until his brother Darris Nichols accepted the position of head coach of men’s basketball at Radford University. Now the former Radford High School sibling duo have traded basketball for a clipboard. “I mean it was special. We had talked about this in the past, not necessarily at any school, just to talk about working together and what it would be like and I think that would be cool. So just for that to happen in our hometown, it’s cool, ”said Darris Nichols.
Not only are the Nichols brothers looking to bring their brand of basketball back to the New River Valley, but they also hope that their brotherly bond will serve as a cornerstone in the founding of their Highlander basketball brand. “That says everything. I tell people all the time you know in this profession, the thing you sacrifice the most is family time, you know, and being able to build a program where my parents are with my brother is just very special ” said Shane Nichols.
As the Nichols brothers prepare for their first season together at Radford, this dream come true is something they will never take for granted. “Just so that you can do it with your brother and build something.” It’s something you don’t do a lot. So before, for me and him, we would see each other maybe once or twice a year. But now being able to work together every day is cool, ”said Darris Nichols.