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Tommy Nicholson, a former Longhorn player and volunteer assistant coach is coming back home.

Nicholson, a three-year letter-winner was named assistant baseball coach at Texas, taking the place of Tommy Harmon.

"I'm really excited to be able to put the Longhorn uniform on again," said Nicholson. "I'm excited to come back to Austin, a city that I loved.  I loved my time coaching and playing there and can't wait to get back."

Nicholson was an assistant the past two seasons at Sacramento State, serving as the infield and hitting coach. This past season, the Hornets hit .298 with 30 home runs, with outfielder Rhys Hoskins earning freshman All-America honors. Hoskins hit .353 with 10 homers, 44 runs scored and 53 RBI. Nicholson's influence was seen in the field as well, with the Hornets setting a school single-season record with a .979 fielding percentage, committing just 47 errors in 59 games. The 2011 team had a .969 fielding percentage, the third-best mark in school history.


The Hornets also improved in the win-loss column, jumping from a 19-39 mark in 2011 to 31-28 in 2012.

"Tommy will be our recruiting coordinator and he is a very bright guy," said Garrido.  "He will quickly build a network on a national level as well as the state of Texas with (UT assistant coach) Skip (Johnson).  The two of them will be dynamic recruiters.  In addition to that, in one year at Sacramento State, he improved their batting average to .298 as the hitting coach.  That was 50 points higher than the year before.  Defensively, our fans should remember when he was here as the volunteer coach, our team in 2010 led the nation with a .980 fielding percentage.  This year, his Sacramento State team finished tied for fifth nationally in fielding percentage.  He has a magical touch everywhere he goes, and that's been the case since his days in high school.  He is a very unique person and one of the young coaching geniuses in this country."

Before going to Sacramento State, Nicholson spent two years at Teas as a volunteer assistant coach, working with the infielders and serving as the first-base coach.

The Longhorns posted a 50-16-1 mark and finished as runner-up at the College World Series in 2009, before registering a 50-13 record and advancing to NCAA Super Regional play in 2010. The Longhorns batted .286 in 2010 with 87 stolen bases and recorded a .980 fielding percentage, while the 2009 squad batted .288 as a team with 74 stolen bases and boasted a .976 fielding clip.

Nicholson was selected in the 11th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox. He reached the AAA level during his professional playing career from 2000-05 during his time with Chicago and the Colorado Rockies.

He missed only three starts as a second baseman during his three seasons (1998-2000) at Texas. Nicholson compiled a .327 career average at UT with 147 runs scored, 223 hits, 37 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 114 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He won team MVP in both 1999 and 2000.

Nicholson was an integral part of UT's College World Series squad as a junior in 2000.  He hit a team-best .500 (4-for-8) during CWS play in Omaha. He was named to the NCAA Tempe Regional All-Tournament team and ranked as the top fielding (.974) and hitting (.367) second baseman in the Big 12 Conference. Nicholson earned All-Big 12 First Team honors after batting .367 with 60 runs scored, 99 hits, 18 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 43 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

In 1999, Nicholson hit .315 with 55 runs, 73 hits, 14 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 42 RBI and seven stolen bases while earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recognition.  As a freshman in 1998, he batted .282 with 32 runs, 51 hits, five doubles, one triple, three home runs and 29 RBI.

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