Facts About Former PVU Coach W.J. “Billy” Nicks

By Joe Booker
Updated: November 20, 2005

TEXAS—NICKS WON 7 SWAC AND 5 NATIONAL TITLES AT PVU FROM 1952-1965)

AS HEAD COACH AT MORRIS BROWN, BEFORE COMING TO PVU, HE WON 4 CONFERENCE TITLES AND 3 NATIONAL TITLES.

HE HAS WON AS MANY NATIONAL (8) TITLES IN LESS THAN 25 YEARS OF COACHING AS EDDIE ROBINSON (8 NATIONAL TITLES) IN 57-YEARS OF COACHING.

EDDIE WON 12 CONFERENCE TITLES AND NICKS WON 11.

NICKS HAS WON MORE NATIONAL AND CONFERENCE TITLES THAN ANY COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH IN TEXAS HISTORY.

As director of athletics at PVU, Nicks is credited for building the first ever domed- shaped athletic facility in the U.S. Sports history, when he convinced Texas A&M Board of Regents to build a field house on the campus of Prairie View A&M University (the Little Dome) in 1961

He coached such notably players as: Ken Houston ( DB Redskins, NFL Hall of Fame), Otis Taylor ( WR Chiefs), Jim Kearney ( DB Chiefs), Alvin Reed ( TE Redskins), Jim Mitchell ( TE Falcons), Clem Daniels ( RB Raiders), Charlie Warner ( DB Bills), the late Jim Hunt ( DE Patriots), the late John Farrington ( WR Bears), the late Charlie “Choo Choo” Brackens, the first quarterback from a black college ( 1955 Green Bay) to play in the NFL, David Webster ( DB old Dallas Texans), and Ray Seals, head coach at Houston Madison high school.

He is in the NCAA College Coaches Hall of Fame, NAIA Coaches Hall of Fame, Georgia Hall of Fame, Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame, Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Hall of Fame, Prairie View Sports Hall of Fame, and Morris Brown College (Atlanta, Georgia) Hall of Fame.

Even though he has won more championships than any college coach in Texas history, efforts to get him into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame have been unsuccessful.