Athletics Hall of Fame
Gerald Nichols

Gerald Nichols

SPORT(S) Football, Track and Field
PLAYED AT BSU 1943-1947

Gerald Nichols arrived at Bemidji State Teachers College in the fall of 1940 where he participated in track and field, football, and basketball until 1943.  Gerald spent the following three years serving in the U.S. Navy and, upon his release in 1946, he returned to BSTC to continue his B.A. degree.  During his studies at BSTC, Gerald remained active in the Naval Reserve and retired in 1982 with the rank of Captain USNR.  At BSTC, Gerald's love of football was renewed upon his return, as well as basketball and track.  By the time he graduated in 1947, he had earned six varsity letters.  He was an accomplished athlete as a halfback in football, a distance runner in track, and he was elected track co-captain along with Buster Spaulding in the spring of 1943.  After college, Gerald became a teacher, football, and baseball coach at Chaska High School for six years and then moved to Bloomington School District where he spent twenty-seven years teaching and coaching, and was also a secondary vice principal.  In 1952, he earned a Master's Degree from Colorado State and a Master's Degree in Administration from the College of St. Thomas in 1967.  His older sister and brother, his wife, Fern, and his son and daughter were all graduates from BSTC.