Nickason, who enters his second season with the Bulldogs, has been a fixture in the Santa Maria Valley baseball community for years. After serving as an assistant coach for the University of Wyoming, his alma mater, he returned to his hometown of Santa Maria and immediately started coaching. He was the varsity baseball head coach at Righetti and Santa Maria high schools. Nickason also coached the Righetti High School softball team to a CIF title in 2013.
He has spent more than a decade coaching summer collegiate league baseball teams, first as the head coach of the Santa Maria Indians then as the co-founder/general manager of the Santa Maria Valley Packers.
The Santa Maria native graduated from Santa Maria High School. He played baseball at Hancock before transferring to the University of Wyoming to continue his athletic career. He is a physical education teacher at Righetti High School.