Tim Nickas will begin his first season as Associate Head Coach for cross Country, track and field after serving the 2013-14 season as an assistant.
Nickas, a three-year captain for the Mount, was a versatile competitor who specialized in the decathlon. He was a conference champion and an All-NEC First Team selection during the team’s 2012 outdoor season in the 4x400m relay. In the same season, he was a bronze medalist in the Outdoor NEC Championship pole vault. In 2011 Nickas placed fifth in the decathlon at the IC4A Championships, earning All-East honors, and was also third in the Penn Relays decathlon. In 2012, he was selected to compete internationally in Spain for the Athletes in Action program.
Prior to coaching, Nickas worked as a certified personal trainer and strength coach who specialized in sport specific development for high school and collegiate athletes, as well as NFL players. He was also a graduate assistant in Mount St. Mary’s Learning Services department where he helped improve the academic standing of student-athletes.
Nickas graduated from the Mount in 2012 with a degree in political science and minor in philosophy.
O'Hara, a graduate of Salisbury University, came to the Mount from Salisbury where he began his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant cross country and track & field coach. Entering his sixth season at the Mount, O'Hara has helped guide conference champions in the 800m, 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, distance medley relay and in cross country during his time at the Mount and Salisbury.
During his collegiate career O'Hara was a two-time All Mid-East Region Cross Country selection and was First Team All-Conference Cross Country selection all four years. He held Salisbury's indoor school record for both the 1500m and the 1000m, and was a two-time 1500m Outdoor Conference Champion.
O'Hara, originally from Frederick, ran at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education in 2001 and his master's degree in Middle/Secondary Education in 2003 from Salisbury University.
O'Hara and his wife Heidi currently reside in Frederick.