­­McDonogh boys soccer coach Steve Nichols has been selected the 2013 Boys Private/Parochial School National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Nichols led the No. 1  Eagles (20-0-1) to the program's seventh Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship and its first unbeaten season.

McDonogh finished as the country's No. 1 team in the Students Sports Fab 50 Poll and No. 10 nationally in the NSCAA Adidas Poll.

"It was a special year with a good group of kids that really made it easy for me," Nichols said. "I've been around for a while, and for them to be able to top what we’ve done in the past, for this group to go undefeated and accomplish what they did, is very rewarding."

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In 17 years coaching, Nichols' record is 290-62-31.

Nichols will be recognized at the NSCAA Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 17 in Philadelphia.