RADFORD, Va. – Adding to their growing legacy within the city of Radford, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Darris Nichols and his older brother and assistant coach, Shane Nichols, were inducted into the Radford High School Hall of Fame on Saturday morning.
A standout point guard on the Radford boys basketball team, Darris Nichols (Class of 2004) led the Bobcats to four appearances in the Group A tournament and was named the 2004 Timesland Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
“Darris Nichols is one of the greatest athletes to ever play at RHS,” said Radford University Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg, a 2017 inductee of the RHS Hall of Fame. “He is certainly in the conversation as the best basketball player to ever play for the Bobcats. But what’s more important, is he’s a Hall of Fame person. His character is beyond reproach and his leadership ability is evident in all he does.”
Shane Nichols (Class of 2022) scored 1,903 points in his career as a Bobcat and was a two-time All-Timesland First Team selection as well as a two-time All-Group A First Team pick.
“Shane was an outstanding player for us at Wofford and I am thankful we had the opportunity to give him his start in coaching,” said current Virginia Tech Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Young, a 2015 RHS Hall of Fame inductee. “His athletic superlatives and accomplishments are well documented, but those pale in comparison to his qualities as a man, a husband and a father. As is often the case, look no further than his folks, Donna and Bill Nichols, for shining examples of what parenting looks like.”
The duo will lead the Radford University Men’s Basketball program into a new era beginning with the 2021-22 season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 9 when the Highlanders welcome Emory & Henry to the Dedmon Center for a 6:30 p.m. tip.