Don Nichter doesn’t believe in standing on the sidelines. As head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams, Nichter trains regularly, demonstrating his own commitment to the sport and athlete.
In 2018, Nichter entered his 33rd year as women’s cross country coach and 28th season with the men's program. He has been named Mideast Regional Coach of the Year seven times and was voted the men’s Centennial Conference (CC) Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Nichter took over as head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field programs at Dickinson in 2007. As the longtime head coach of two very successful cross country programs, he brought extensive experience and a passionate work ethic to the track and field programs. Nichter is a Level-3 certified distance coach and is directly responsible for coaching these event athletes while overseeing the assistant coaching staff.
During his career at Dickinson, Nichter has been privileged to coach 35 All-Americans in cross country and track & field, and countless Academic All-Americans. His teams have won 15 Centennial Conference titles. The Red Devil track & field programs have produced two national champions during Nichter's tenure. Cait Bradley '08 won the 3000 meter steeplechase in 2008 and Kent Pecora '11 claimed the national title in 2011.
The Dickinson men captured their first Centennial 'Triple Crown', winning team titles in cross country, and indoor and outdoor track & field in 2009-10. The men captured their first conference cross country title in 2008. He was named the CC Women's Coach of the Year for the 2016-17 indoor season and outdoors in 2015 and 2017.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Nichter earned his bachelor’s degree at Ithaca College in 1979 and a master’s from The Pennsylvania State University in 1983. He started his coaching career at Dickinson in the fall of 1983. In November of 2016, Nichter was inducted into the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame