Another Nichols for the Blue Hose
Saying "I'm super excited to be a Blue Hose," Cassie Nichols thanked teachers, coaches and teammates at Clinton High School this morning for guiding her on a path that has led to Presbyterian College softball. A current Red Devil varsity softball starter and multi-sport athlete for Clinton High, Nichols was joined by dad Harold, head football coach for the Blue Hose, mom Dee, who works in PC Athletics administration, and her siblings in signing a National Letter of Intent to play softball for Presbyterian College.
Softball teammates, coaches and her friends joined Nichols on stage at the CHS auditorium for pictures after this morning's signing. Nichols said, originally, considering college, her mindset was "getting as far away as I could - I changed my mind."
Nichols has played in every position, except pitching and catcher, for Red Devil softball so she is wide open when it comes to a position she has in mind playing for the Blue Hose. She will major in political science and minor in media studies with an ambition of moving on to ESPN.
Her role model is Doris Burke, but Cassie admits she can't dribble a basketball in heels the way Burke can.
"In the process of being recruited, Coach (Britne) Stubbs came to me and said, 'I know PC is not on your horizon, but I want you to be on my team,'" Nichols said. "As I was marking off schools, I (eventually) said, 'Hey, mom, I'm going to PC.'"
Nichols also looked at College of Coastal Georgia (a NAIA school), USC-Sumter and Spartanburg Methodist. She eventually landed back at the familiar grounds of the picturesque PC softball complex on Maple Street - "I love everything about PC."
Between softball practice, conditioning and classes. Nichols doesn't expect to see her parents on campus as much as you would think. She said Coach Stubbs has set "running, getting in shape, working on softball and getting ready to play" as Nichols' goals for summer conditioning.
"It's a huge relief," Nichols said of having college recruitment behind her. "I wanted to be able to enjoy softball season, and know I will be playing next year."