Cal Wickens

Cal Wickens has been a fixture on the Nazareth volleyball coaching sideline for more than a decade.

He completed his 17th season as head coach of the Golden Flyers' women's team and his 16th season with the men's team in 2019-20. He won his 700th career match (combined men's and women's) with a 3-0 win over Bard Feb. 8, 2019.

12291Wickens started the men's volleyball program at Nazareth in 2005 and quickly established the Golden Flyers as one of the top teams in Division III. They proved that wholeheartedly in 2011 by hosting and winning the Molten Division III national championship. Four Nazareth players earned All-American honors and Wickens was chosen Division III Coach of the Year as the Golden Flyers went 31-3 overall.

Nazareth followed that up with deep post-season runs in 2012, 2013 and 2015 with records of 27-9, 36-2 and 28-7 respectively. The Golden Flyers were represented in three of the first four NCAA Division III Tournaments (in 2012, 2013 and 2015) and lost in the finals in 2013 in a season that featured a 31-match winning streak. Wickens was named Division III Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons. They reached the NCAAs again in 2015 and advanced to the national semifinals.

Wickens' 15-year men's coaching record of 344-144 (.720) includes a 59-25 record in United Volleyball Conference matches with conference titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Nazareth first ascended to No. 1 in the Division III rankings in 2008 and has hovered among the nation's elite ever since. In 2009, Nazareth finished 28-5 overall and reached the finals of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Tournament. Wickens was recognized as the NECVA West Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2009 as well as United Volleyball Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2013.

In 2010, after a somewhat lackluster regular season, Wickens helped Nazareth become a surprise winner of the NECVA Tournament as the No. 15 seed in the 16-team event. The Golden Flyers recorded four straight upset wins to win the title and gain their first-ever berth in the Molten Division III Tournament.

Wickens took over the Nazareth women's program prior to the 2003 season and promptly guided the Golden Flyers to the Empire 8 Conference title as well as their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament.