TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Nick Sales met with the media Tuesday afternoon after becoming the new men’s head basketball coach at Rose-Hulman.

“It’s amazing. I know when I got that phone call and it became official, I had goosebumps running through my body,” says Sales.

“My friends and family have been excited. They are anxious for me to have this opportunity at a place like Rose-Hulman where academics are a big-time priority and athletics are important too. It could not get any better for me.”

Sales served as a key part of a coaching staff that won seven of the last nine Ohio Athletic Conference regular season championships; reached seven NCAA Division III Tournaments; won three OAC Tournament championships; and reached the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2022.

He becomes just the 6th men’s basketball head coach at Rose-Hulman since 1963 (Rusty Loyd, Jim Shaw, Bill Perkins, Bill Fenlon, John Mutchner); only the 8th Fightin’ Engineer men’s basketball head coach since 1929 (Phil Brown, Jim Carr); and just the 15th coach in the nearly 120-season history of Rose-Hulman basketball.

Sales returns to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference by coming to Rose-Hulman.  He was named HCAC Player of the Year, HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and Honorable Mention NCAA Division III All-American as a standout player at Defiance College in 2010. 

He inherits a Rose-Hulman men’s basketball program that finished 15-10 last season and has reached the HCAC Tournament Championship Game 6 times since 2012 with 3 league tournament titles.