Jack McNickle To Join UTEP Staff

Jack McNickle was named women's basketball assistant coach at UTEP on Thursday.

"I have known Jack for many years," said UTEP head coach Keitha Green. "He is someone I have come to admire and respect. He brings experience and passion in the area of recruiting which is an added bonus to our program and our future."

McNickle spent the last 10 years as an assistant coach at Coffeyville Community College. While assisting in on-floor coaching duties, McNickle was primarily responsible for the recruitment of Lady Raven players and their placement into four-year college programs.

He helped the Lady Ravens to a 22-10 finish and a Region VI championship in 2003 despite just one player returning from the previous season, a 23-8 campaign. In his tenure at CCC, McNickle had over 25 of his recruits sign letters of intent with Division I schools. Three went on to become NCAA All-Americans (Angie Lackey, Shala Crawford and Kristie McClain). The women's basketball team tallied a 209-105 (.666) record during his time on the sidelines.

From 1977-82, McNickle served as the athletic director at Coffeyville Community College. He implemented the start-up of women's athletic programs and handled recruiting for men's basketball. He took over as women's basketball head coach in 1981, orchestrating a 15-12 mark--the first winning season in school history.

McNickle has also worked as a journalist. While assisting women's basketball, he split time as the sports information director at Coffeyville. From 1983-84, he was the newspaper editor for the Caney Chronicle and served as the advertising director of The Bowie News from 1982-83.

He began is journalism career in 1964 as an advertising manager and sports writer for The Council Grove Republican before moving to the Killeen Daily Herald in 1966. He became the sports editor of the Pratt Tribune in 1967 and news editor of the Kinsley Mercury in 1968. From 1969-71 he was a sports writer for the Coffeyville Journal. He left to work on smaller publications in 1971, only to return in 1973.

McNickle received his bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration from Cambridge State University in 2002. A native of Burden, Kan., he has two children, David and Angela.



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