Nicole Dickson came to SFA prior to the 2016-17 academic year from Tyler Junior College, where she started the softball program in 2013 as the head coach. Dickson took her first head coaching job at Paris Junior College from 2012-13 and was an assistant coach at Howard College from 2010-12 and a graduate assistant at Hardin-Simmons University from 2008-09.
Overall in three years as a head coach, Dickson won two conference championships and took her team to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament twice with two top ten finishes.
In just the second season for the TJC softball program in 2016, Dickson led the Apache Ladies to a 60-6 overall record, a conference championship and a fifth place finish at the national tournament. Her staff was named the Region 14 Coaching Staff of the Year for the plethora of team accomplishments. Dickson got the program on the right track in 2015 with a 39-18 record in the inaugural season, helping TJC qualify for regionals and place third in its league.
In her first head coaching stint, Dickson led the 2012-13 Paris Junior College Lady Dragons to the school’s first ever region title and first NJCAA National Tournament appearance. The Lady Dragons went 38-19 on the year and 15-5 in league play, claiming both conference and regional titles. They then went on to finish the season ninth at the NJCAA National Tournament. Following the season, Dickson and her staff won Coaching Staff of the Year honors for NJCAA Region 14.
Prior to Paris, Dickson served as the assistant coach at Howard College for three years and was the GA at Hardin-Simmons University. During her time at Howard, the softball program was NJCAA Region 5 Champions in 2011 and 2012, placing seventh nationally in 2012 and ninth nationally in 2011 at the NJCAA National Tournament. While at Hardin-Simmons, she helped guide the Cowgirls to an American Southwest Conference West Conference Championship, finishing the season at 31-12.
Dickson split her playing career between stops at Eastern New Mexico University and Howard College. At ENMU, she posted a 22-14 record as a pitcher while playing for Armando Quiroz and Amber Daniel. She graduated ENMU summa cum laude and was the 2008 Undergraduate of the Year.
Prior to ENMU, Dickson played at Howard and boasted a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom. She was an all-conference and all-region selection as a pitcher, posting a 19-4 overall record. She also hit .365 for her career.