In his 15 years as head coach of the Eagles, Nichols has built the team into a perennial national power.
McDonogh won its sixth Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship this season with a 1-0 victory over Gilman. The Eagles have advanced to the final in 13 of the past 14 seasons and won their third championship in the past five years.
Nichols said this year's title run was made possible by a number of factors.
Defender Matt Shinsky led an inexperienced backline to 14 shutouts. Mike Gamble and Malcolm Harris, whom Nichols calls "clearly the two best high school field players in our league, in our area, in our state and maybe the country," combined for 52 goals and 46 assists. The Eagles' role players made big contributions this season by providing quality minutes. And Nichols credits assistant coaches Brandon Quaranta and Pat Healey for being instrumental in his team's success.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun