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NATE NICHOLAS NAMED FIRST AFC MOBILE HEAD COACH
AFC Mobile is proud to announce Nate Nicholas as the first head coach of AFC Mobile. Nicholas is a longtime member of the Mobile soccer community and is currently the head coach of the McGill-Toolen boys soccer team.
“I am extremely excited about being the first head coach of AFC Mobile. There are many qualified coaches in this area and to be the first one to get this thing kicked off is honoring and humbling. I just want to do the team, the board, and more importantly the supporters justice in leading them in this first season.” Nicholas said.
Nicholas played soccer at the University of Mobile from 1998-2003 and won an NAIA national championship with the Rams. Nicholas has coached at the Alabama School of Math and Science, Baldwin County High School and UMS-Wright before making the jump to McGill-Toolen. He won back to back state championships with UMS-Wright in 2010 and 2011. He was named the Press-Register Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2011 and the Sports Academy Coach of the Year in 2010. Last year, his McGill-Toolen team finished with a record of 20-6-3 after falling to Oak Mountain 2-1 in the 7A state championship game. The Jackets are currently ranked fifth in the state with a record of 6-2-2.
“Having a manager the caliber of Nate Nicholas was vitally important for AFC Mobile in our inaugural season. Actually getting Nate on board is even better. Nate is a name that holds weight in not just Mobile soccer, but in Alabama soccer as well.” AFC Mobile president Abram Chamberlain said. “He has continuously proven himself to be an incredible manager at both UMS and McGill-Toolen and having played in the PDL and for the University of Mobile means he knows what it will take to not just compete, but to win at this level. Coach Nicholas has proven that he has a style of play and the tactical knowhow to implement that system of play. We are ecstatic to have him leading us on our first ever GCPL campaign.”
After coaching in the area for the past 15 years, Nicholas knows that Mobile is full of soccer talent and wants to help those players reach their full potential.
“My goal for AFC Mobile is to provide a team for the people of Mobile to get behind and be able to support.” Nicholas said, “I want it to be a place for players who want to reach the highest levels to have a place to play. I want to find players who grew up in Mobile and want to play for Mobile and I also want to find players who are new to Mobile but want to have an outlet for their talents.”
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ABOUT AFC Mobile
AFC Mobile was formed in 2015 to strengthen the soccer community in Mobile by bringing a high level soccer team to the largest municipality along the Gulf Coast between St. Petersburg and New Orleans. AFC Mobile aims to provide local players an opportunity to continue to play the game at a competitive level, as well as to give the soccer community and City of Mobile a team to call their own.