Col. Richard “Dick” Nichols has experienced his fair share of honors in 55 years at Riverside Military Academy.
On Friday night, he garnered another as the school honored him at halftime of a game against Lakeview Academy for his almost five decades of football announcing during his final home game on the mic for the Riverside football program.
The school’s former basketball coach for 14 years and athletic director for 24 years was named an honorary Riverside graduate in 2014, inducted in the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 and had the school’s basketball arena named after him in 2015.
Nichols began announcing football games for the school in 1970. He has also been the announcer for basketball and baseball games at various points.
“I just enjoy it. I’ve always enjoyed being around the kids and dealing with them,” Nichols said. “Especially after you’re retired, it helps keep you young.”
A former social studies teacher, Nichols has also served on the RMA Board of Trustees.
Nichols retired from the school after working at Riverside from 1962-2000. He’s remained a fixture in the press box, though.
He said Chris Lancaster was probably the best player he ever saw at Riverside. Lancaster went on to play fullback for three years at Clemson before coaching stops at Clemson, Kentucky and Baylor.
Nichols also pointed to Riverside’s 2005 Georgia Independent School Association state football title as one of his fonder memories.
A personal highlight for him has been working with Errol Bisso, the school’s alumni relations director and former football coach.