Jason Nickal has been named Assistant Principal and Athletics Director at Paducah Tilghman High School.
Nickal has 24 years of experience as an educator and coach. As a wrestling coach Nickal led teams to ten state championships and over 55 individual titles. He received eleven “Coach of the Year” awards, including National Wrestling Coaches Association State Coach of the Year two times. He was inducted into the Rio Rancho (New Mexico) High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2018.
Nickal has served as director and coach for multiple USA National Teams and has also traveled overseas to international tournaments. He has attended the USA Wrestling Coaches College and is a copper and bronze certified coach.
Nickal received his B.S. in Natural Sciences from Chadron State College and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Walden University. Prior to coming to McCracken County High School, Nickal was an Aquatic Science instructor at Allen High School in Allen Texas from 2010 – 16, where he developed the Aquatic Science curriculum and Common Formative Assessments and was part of a team whose purpose was to ensure Texas state standards were being met in science content areas.
Since 2016 Nickal has served as a faculty member, head varsity wrestling coach, and middle school head football coach for McCracken County High School and McCracken County Schools.
“Mr. Nickal brings many years of experience from a variety of sporting backgrounds to the table when it comes to managing our athletic programs and extracurricular activities, said Paducah Tilghman principal Allison Stieg. “I look forward to him becoming part of our administrative team as we carry on the tradition of excellence that Tilghman is known for.”