Scott Nichols (Port Huron Fighting Falcons)
Scott Nichols, a former Grand Valley State baseball star and popular coach of multiple sports in the Port Huron area, died Friday at the age of 41.
Nichols suffered sudden heart issues earlier this week, and passed away at an Ann Arbor hospital with family by his side.
Nichols had been working as the goaltending coach of the Port Huron Fighting Falcons, a junior hockey team.
Prior to that, he was the varsity baseball coach at Port Huron High from 2003-08 and the varsity hockey coach at St. Clair High from 2004-10.
As a player, Nichols was a standout in both sports. Collegiately, he played baseball, first at St. Clair County Community College (1991-92), then at Grand Valley State, where he was a captain as a senior in 1994, and helped lead the Lakers to the GLIAC title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
In 1993 at Grand Valley State, he posted a .504 on-base percentage and .704 slugging percentage, numbers that still rank among the best in program history. In 1994, Nichols led the team with 35 walks.
While at Grand Valley State, he also played goalie for the school's club hockey team.
Nichols had a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State and a master's degree from Saginaw Valley State.
He was a special education teacher at Port Huron High.
Nichols is survived by his wife Jennifer, daughter Kariss and sons Carson and Brayden.