UM Hires Head Coach for New Collegiate Cycling Team
Jennifer Nichols has been hired as the first head coach of the University’s new collegiate cycling team created in the fall of 2021.
Nichols previously served as the team director and coach of the Helena High School Mountain Bike Team from September 2019 to July 2022. She is USA Cycling Safe Sport trained, has a coaching certification from the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and has completed the Bike Instructor Certification Program. Nichols is also a Level 3 certified USA Cycling coach.
“I would like to thank Dr. Stewart for this amazing opportunity to be the head coach for the University of Montevallo’s cycling team,” Nichols said. “The University’s passion and energy to develop the first collegiate varsity cycling program in the state of Alabama was evident from the initial interview.”
“I’m overwhelmed with excitement to lead this new cycling program and build a diverse team of hard-working, competitive athletes. I’m honored to be a part of the UM family.”
The team already has several student cyclists preparing for the upcoming season, and by the time the full team starts competing in fall 2023, it’s expected that Nichols will have recruited many more cyclists.
UM is transforming the former Montevallo Golf Club into a premier cycling course that will serve as the home trail for the team. The course will host competitions regularly, bringing hundreds of visitors to Shelby County and the City of Montevallo and strengthening the area’s economy. The course will feature a […]
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