June 18, 2010
"It is a complete honor to be joining the Iowa Hawkeye program," said Nichols. "The tradition and history that surround Iowa field hockey is something I am so excited to become a part of. I look forward to working with and learning from two of the best coaches in the country. I cannot wait to contribute to such a driven team."
"We are thrilled to have Caroline Nichols join our staff," said Griesbaum. "She was a decorated college student-athlete and has continued to leave her mark on the international level, representing the USA on the Women's National Team. As an Olympian, she knows what it takes to excel as an elite level athlete. She is hard working, loyal, and passionate about coaching and competing."
Nichols, a four-year letterwinner at Old Dominion University from 2003-06, was a national all-academic team selection and an all-conference honoree from 2004-06. As a junior, she was named a NFHCA second team all-South Region selection and was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) all-tournament team. In 2006, Nichols was recognized as a NFHCA first team all-American and NFHCA first team all-South Region honoree. Additionally, she was named CAA Player of the Year and CAA Defender of the Year, marking the first time in CAA history someone swept both honors in the same season.
Beth Anders, Nichols' coach at Old Dominion, also served as Griesbaum's National Team coach.
Nichols, a two-time member of the NCAA all-tournament team, also has a great deal of playing experience on the national scene. A member of the U.S. National Team, Nichols was a member of the 2008 Beijing Olympic team, the 2008 Olympic Qualifier team and the 2010 World Cup Qualifier Team. In 2006, she was named to the USA World Cup Training Squad and was a member of the Netherlands Tour team in 2007. In 2008, she was a member of the Pan American Cup team.
She also has a great deal of coaching experience. From 2009-10, Nichols served as a regional coaching director in the USA Field Hockey Futures Program after serving as a coach from 2005-09. She has also served as a high school coach, an indoor field hockey coach, a summer camp counselor and has instructed private lessons.
Nichols earned her bachelor of science in biology with honors from Old Dominion University.