Brandon Nicol has been the head coach of the men’s basketball program for the past six seasons. In the 2016-17 season he posted the most number of wins in his time at Trinity. The team finished 12-17 overall and 7-14 in the highly competitive conference schedule. As an integral part of his program, his team earned the conference Champions of Character Award in the 2013-14 season.
Prior to coming to Trinity he served as an assistant coach at Colorado Christian University for five seasons. At CCU he helped the Cougars to a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Final Four in three seasons and to the NCAA DII National Tournament in 2007-08. The team also advanced to the NCCAA National Tournament in the 2008-09 season.
As a collegiate athlete Nicol played for Iowa State University from 1999-2002. At Iowa State he was a part of two Big 12 Championships and an Elite Eight appearance. He earned the Team Hustle Award in his freshman year, the Brian Pearson Inspiration Award in 2001-02, and scholar-athlete honors for three seasons. He played his final collegiate season (2002-03) at Dakota State University and went on to compete with the Kansas City Knights (ABA) in 2004-05 and the Des Moines Heat (IBL) in 2005. He also participated in a fall and overseas tour with Athletes in Action in 2005.
Nicol graduated from Iowa State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science. He earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Colorado Christian University.
Nicol holds game manager duties at the College and assists the Athletics Director with various reports. He and his wife Jill, son Isaac, and daughter Arrabelle live in Orland Park, Illinois.
Jeff Jefferson ’14 joined the coaching staff in the 2016-17 season as an assistant to the varsity program and the coach of the junior varsity team. As a student-athlete Jefferson played for Trinity and Coach Nicol in the 2012-13 season. In that season he led the team as the point guard with 4.1 assists per game while averaging 5.7 points per game. Previous to Trinity, he played two seasons as Colorado Christian University.
Prior to returning to Trinity, Jefferson coached at Brethren Christian High School in Huntington Beach, California for two seasons. He was the head coach for their girls’ varsity program and assistant to the boys’ program for the 2015-16 season. In 2014-15 he assisted the varsity boys and was the head coach for the boys’ junior varsity team. During those two years he also was involved as an AAU basketball coach in Garden Grove.
Jefferson has also gained coaching experience at various camps. He has been a part of the Blue Chip Exposure Camp in Georgetown, Kentucky, Pangos All-American camps in Chicago and southern California, and various camps ran by the Southern California Basketball Academy at the Warrior Center in Cypress, California.
In addition to his coaching duties, Jefferson works in the Fitness Center on campus. He resides in Orland Park.
Student Assistant Coach
Christian Perry ’16 enters his fourth season with team after serving as a student assistant for three years. As an assistant he is involved in various aspects of the program including practice planning and instruction, scouting, recruiting, and game analysis.
Perry has worked at summer basketball camps and given individual instruction. He was also as involved in workouts as a player with the Armed Forces All-Navy Team while serving on active duty in the navy.
Perry earned his bachelor’s degree in history education and political science from Trinity in December of 2016. As a student on campus he served as the president of the Black Student Union and was a member of the Multi-Cultural Leadership Team. He graduated from Crete-Monee High School in 2008 and served in the navy before coming to Trinity. He comes from a family of seven children and is the father of Mykael.