During his 43 years as a physical education faculty member, Bob Nick ’65 served as offensive coordinator for the football team, coached tennis for 36 years, assisted in basketball for 17 years and worked as assistant athletics director.
Being a teacher, coach and administrator gave Nick a unique perspective and made for what he says was a very interesting career. In addition to being a part of young people’s lives and working alongside great people, serving as administrator allowed him to join many different groups. Since 1961, Nick worked with the Minnesota State High School League running tournaments for both basketball and track. For 40 years, he also officiated at Minnesota high school basketball and football games.
Nick was inducted into the Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006. A multisport athlete at Princeton (Minn.) High School, Nick was originally recruited by Concordia to play basketball, but Jake Christiansen had other plans. With Nick as quarterback, Christiansen’s football teams compiled a 22-5-2 record culminating in 1964 with the NAIA Co-National Championship. Nick was also captain of the 1964-65 basketball team.
Highlights of his career include three national football championships.
Nick looks forward to traveling and spending time at the lake.
“I had an absolutely wonderful job, working with a group of super people,” he says.