Sam Nichols joined FAU in the spring of 2011 as the Assistant Director of Equipment Operations and was promoted to Director of Equipment Operations in January 2013. Nichols is responsible for organizing the overall equipment room budget for all 19 NCAA Division I teams at FAU. In addition, he is responsible for purchasing, issuing, and storing equipment and apparel for more than 450 student athletes and coaches, serves as the primary contact between Adidas and the university, is responsible for maintaining NCAA compliance on all uniforms and apparel, coordinates all practice and gameday equipment needs for football and supervises a staff of two full-time assistants, two interns, and multiple student managers. Nichols also served on the committee that renegotiated and extended the all-apparel contract with Adidas through 2020.
As Assistant Director, Nichols supervised the staff of student managers and coordinated daily laundry for over 250 athletes and coaches. He also organized individual team equipment budgets for the 2011-12 year and maintained a running inventory of equipment, uniforms and apparel for all of FAU's 19 NCAA Division I teams.
Prior to coming to FAU, Nichols was at Illinois State University where he was the graduate assistant equipment manager for a year. While at ISU, he assisted in fitting and issuing protective equipment for the football team, supervised student managers and coordinated gameday setup of the Coach Communications Tempest NG sideline communication system.
Starting his career in 2006 at North Carolina State as a student equipment manager, Nichols spent four years (2006-2010) with the Wolfpack while getting his undergraduate degree in sports management. During his time with NC State he was responsible for daily laundry duties, practice field setup and break down and inventory or equipment.
Nichols is a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers' Association and the Douglas Shoulder Pad Advisory Board. He earned a master's degree in sport management from Texas A&M in May 2015. He currently resides in Boynton Beach, Fla.