NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster revealed the National Champions - Gene Nicholson Showcase of Champions trophy case inside the Memorial Field House on Tuesday.
"The Showcase of Champions is such an appropriate recognition for Mr. Nicholson who coached multiple national championship teams and athletes in a variety of sports during his decades-long career at Westminster," said Westminster President Dr. Kathy B. Richardson. "What an influence he had on hundreds of students as a coach and teacher, and how pleased we are that we can pay tribute to his legacy in this way."
The trophy case, which is part of the Dar Huey Heritage Center, showcases all of Westminster's national championships and All-America student-athletes.
In attendance for Tuesday's program included Gene's family: widow Barb Nicholson, son Bob, and daughter Kim and Vince Tutino '76, Dr. Chris Knight '76, Dave Gooch '75, former Director of Athletics Jim Dafler, and President Richardson. Tutino, Knight, and Gooch, former Titan linebackers who played for Coach Nicholson, were among the speakers who shared stories and paid tribute.
Titan Sports Hall of Famer Westminster coach Gene Nicholson, who passed away on December 30, 2020, coached more sports (7) for more seasons (44) to more victories (more than a thousand) than anyone in the storied history of Titan athletics. Significantly, Nicholson guided Westminster student-athletes to national competition in seven different sports. Nicholson was most known for his thirty years of coaching football for the Titans as the defensive coordinator and head coach. Nicholson was the head football coach from 1991-98, where he led the Titan football program to a record of 64-25-2 (.714) in eight seasons, including posting an undefeated regular season in 1992 and capturing the school's sixth NAIA Division II national championship in 1994. Nicholson served as the defensive coordinator on all five of the other NAIA national championship Westminster football teams and overall coached in nine NAIA national championship games.