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North Hall High hires David Nichols as new wrestling coach
David Nichols
David Nichols - photo by For The Times

David Nichols intends to implement a year-round focus to keep his wrestlers in shape — this time, as North Hall’s new varsity coach.

Nichols takes over this summer following the resignation of Stuart Cunningham, who recently led the Trojans to a runners-up finish in the traditional wrestling state tournament. Nichols, who said Cunningham resigned the week before spring break, said he would be seeking to build on the “successful tradition” of North Hall’s wrestling program.

“I want to bring a year-round focus on wrestling,” said Nichols. “We encourage the kids to play multiple sports, but kids that don’t will be on a weight training/strength and conditioning regimen.”

Nichols said he was inspired to adopt the measures after his experience at Commerce High, where he served as a varsity assistant and head middle school coach. Under his tutelage, the Tigers won the middle school dual state championship, the GHSA Class A state dual title and the state traditional title.

Most recently, Nichols served as the head wrestling coach at Parkview High in Gwinnett County for the 2014-15 season. A commute that used to take an hour and a half will now be just 10 minutes for Nichols, who lives in Murrayville.

“We’re real excited about this opportunity,” said Nichols. “It’s really a perfect job for me and my family. North Hall is a great school and a great community. ... It’s really a dream come true for us.”

Nichols spent last year as an assistant with Cunningham. In high school, Nichols wrestled for Cunningham at Dawson County from 2000-2002.

“(North Hall) already has a rich tradition of success,” said Nichols. “Coach Cunningham, he’s done a fantastic job, and I’ll be inheriting an excellent program. My goal is to continue that successful tradition and build on it.”