Harold Nichols

Harold Nichols resigned Sunday as football coach at Presbyterian College. (PC Athletics) 

Harold Nichols resigned as football coach at Presbyterian College, the Clinton school announced Sunday

The Blue Hose went 2-9 this season and were 21-67 in eight seasons under Nichols, a PC graduate. His 2014 team was 6-5, and he was named Big South Conference co-coach of the year that season.

Athletic director Brian Reese and Nichols met Sunday to discuss the future of the program, and "decided a change in leadership was in the best interests of the program," a statement from the school said.

“Coach Nichols did an outstanding job,” said Reese. “His work has laid a solid foundation for future success in our football program. He was a very stabilizing factor during our transition to Division I and leaves the program in a far better place then when he arrived. More importantly, he has served his alma mater with great pride, respect and class during some very difficult times. He is a true Blue Hose.”

Nichols oversaw the program as it moved from NCAA Division II to the FCS level and the Big South.

“I have truly enjoyed my time as the head coach at my alma mater,” said Nichols. “I took this job to make a difference in the lives of the young men at PC and to lead the Blue Hose football team on this Division I journey we’ve all been on. The program is now in much better shape than when I arrived, and that makes me proud of my time here.

"I will treasure the relationships that my family and I have built with the student-athletes, fellow coaches, community, staff, alumni, and fans over the last several years. I have no doubt the future of the program that my staff and I have built will only get better.”

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