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Athletic Administration



Chase Nicholson, Athletic Director

Coach Chase Nicholson (Coach Nick) has been on staff at Starkville Academy since 2009. He received his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. Prior to joining the Starkville Academy family he coached football and baseball from 2005 until 2008 at Newton Academy. Since coming to Starkville Academy he has taught various courses, and he currently teaches Advanced Placement Government and Politics. He served as Starkville Academy’s assistant track coach for two years and head track coach for three. Nicholson currently serves as the Starkville Academy head football coach and athletic director.




Tony Stanford, Associate Athletic Director

Tony Stanford’s coaching career began in 1976 as an assistant football coach at Carroll Academy, followed by stops at Kosciusko, Lumberton, Neshoba Central, Louisville, Philadelphia, Morton, Choctaw Central, Columbus, Oak Hill Academy, and Starkville Academy over the next 40 years. Stanford earned degrees from Holmes Jr. College, Delta State University, and Mississippi State University. From 1995-2003, he also served as the Louisville High School Athletic Director while guiding the Wildcats to four division championships and the 1995 4A state championship. Through the years, Stanford has been a very active member of the Mississippi Association of Coaches where he has served on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and as Vice-President and President from 2002-2004. He was elected to the MAC Hall of Fame in 2013.