Dave Nichol, who was hired last December to be Lincoln Riley’s inside receivers coach at USC, died on Friday. He was only 45 years old.
Nichol retired from the team indefinitely earlier this week due to what was described as a “private medical matter”. The announcement of Nichol’s departure came a day before USC’s spring training began on Tuesday.
“We are heartbroken and devastated. Dave was a wonderful human being and a fantastic football coach. He loved the game and constantly invested himself body and soul in his teams. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. As a program, we look forward to playing and training him for him as we progress,” Riley said in a statement released by the school.
In addition to leaving school, Riley also shared her sadness in a post on her personal Twitter page.
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Prior to joining USC, Nichol spent two seasons at Mississippi State and three seasons at Washington State as an assistant under Mike Leach. Leach released a statement as well as following the announcement of Nichol’s death.
“Dave Nichol recently passed away from a sudden battle with a number of health issues. We are stunned by this, and Dave meant a lot to all of us,” Leach said.
“As we all grieve this loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family, friends, players and coaches during this difficult time. Dave was part of our family and he was loved by all who saw him. knew. Always with a smile on his face, Dave had such a positive personality, attitude and energy. He made everyone around him a better person and impacted everyone he met with kindness, loyalty and friendship. He meant a loss to me and countless others, and I will always be grateful to have had him in my life for the past 22 years. He was on my first staff at Texas Tech. Dave Gone way too soon. We lost an amazing friend, a coach and a great guy. Rest in peace my friend. We miss you already.
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