Hampton University - Softball

Angela Nicholson

Head Coach

Angela Nicholson is entering her second year as head softball coach at Hampton University. She came to Hampton after spending three seasons in the same capacity at Eastern Illinois University.

This is her fourth head coaching job at the Div. I level.

Facing a daunting schedule with the first 23 games on the road in her inaugural season, Nicholson helped guide the Lady Pirates to a 23-22 overall record and a stellar 17-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Northern Division mark to win the division.  Four players earned All-MEAC honors and freshman outfielder Taylor Warrick was named to the second team All-State squad by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association.

In each of her three seasons at Eastern Illinois, Nicholson led the Panthers to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. EIU finished in third place overall and second in the West Division during the 2014 campaign, and earned a No. 6 seed during the 2015 season.

During her most recent season, Nicholson led the Panthers to a No. 2 overall seed in the 2016 OVC Tournament. Thirteen different Panthers have earned postseason accolades under Nicholson's tenure, including five First Team and six Second Team All-OVC honorees.

In 2014, Eastern Illinois won 38 games, and Nicholson went 84-71 in her three seasons.

Prior to coming to EIU, Nicholson was the head coach at Cleveland State University for seven seasons, where she helped build the Vikings program into a top team in the Horizon League.

Nicholson posted a record of 211-152 at Cleveland State.

She led Cleveland State to Horizon League regular-season titles in 2008 and 2010, sandwiched around a Horizon League Tournament championship in 2009. The 2009 title was Cleveland State’s first as a member of the Horizon League, and the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997. The 2008 regular-season title was also the first such title in program history.

Nicholson also coached the Vikings to tournament runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2008.

During her tenure at Cleveland State, Nicholson coached three Horizon League Players of the Year and three Pitchers of the Year. In 2013, she coached the Horizon League Player and Newcomer of the Year in Dara Toman and Erica McNew, respectively. Nicholson herself was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year two twice – in 2008 and 2010. In 2010, Cleveland State won a school-record 44 games – including a record 22 games in conference play.

Prior to her time at Cleveland State, Nicholson coached one season at Butler in 2006. She also had one season at NAIA member Ursuline College, where she increased the program’s win total from three to 25 in her one season.

She began her coaching career as the head coach at Cuyahoga Community College (2000-04), where she posted 94 wins and made the Region 12 Tournament in three of four seasons. She was the NJCAA Region 12 Coach of the Year in 2004, as her team finished sixth in the nation.

Her collegiate coaching record is 347-264-1.

Nicholson played softball at Cleveland State, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 2000. She was a two-time All-Conference selection as a catcher.

Richard Nicholson
Assistant Coach

Richard Nicholson is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Hampton University softball program, joining the staff along first-year head coach Angela Nicholson.

Prior to coming to Hampton, Nicholson was a licensed paraprofessional for Mahomet City Schools in Mahomet, Ill. There, he aided in the classroom with students of various handicaps and learning disabilities, while also tutoring and mentoring various students – as well as student-athletes.

He also served in the same capacity at Jefferson Elementary in Charleston, Ill. during the 2014-15 school year, working with a student who had cerebral palsy.

From 2007-09, Nicholson served as associate teacher at Education Alternatives in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. There, he worked with children who had emotional or behavioral disorders.

He spend the 2006-07 academic season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Butler University, where he his primary responsibilities included training student-athletes during the offseason, maintaining the weight room facilities, and monitoring student-athletes during workouts.

He has also worked as head of security at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio (2004-06) and office manager at Fifth Third Bank in Cleveland, Ohio (2001-04).

Nicholson is a 2001 graduate of Cleveland State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance. He was on the wrestling team at Cleveland State, serving as team captain and being named an Academic Scholar Athlete Award winner.

Throughout his life, Nicholson has coached in sports such as softball, wrestling, basketball, and soccer – coaching males and females at various ages.


Lauren Kramer
Assistant Coach

Lauren Kramer is entering in her first year on the Pirates coaching staff in the 2018 season. Kramer will work primarily with the pitching staff, as well as recruiting, practice preparations, and daily operations.

Prior to Hampton University, Kramer was involved in the Michigan youth softball community, coaching varsity softball at Williamston high school in Williamston, Michigan from 2012-2015. Other coaching experiences include competitive travel ball with the Canton Cannons in 2013 and Detroit Compuware organization in 2014. Kramer also gave private pitching instruction at Turnin2 Michigan out of Brighton and Hit and Pitch out of Owosso.

A standout pitcher for Michigan State University from 2008-2011, Kramer finished her career sixth all-time at MSU for strikeouts (358). As a freshman, Kramer got the victory against No. 8 University of Michigan striking out six and hitting a 2-run homer to win 2-1. In 2010, Kramer threw the school’s 21st no-hitter, becoming the 14th pitcher at MSU to record such a feat. Kramer was also named to 2009 All-Great Lakes Region team.

Kramer graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Packaging Engineering in 2012.