Named Phillies bullpen coach on 10/4/12, his first ML coaching position. Spent the last 8 seasons as the Phillies' triple-A pitching coach at 3 different affiliates: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (2005-06), Ottawa (2007) and Lehigh Valley (2008-12).Began his coaching career with the Phillies in 2000 and served as the pitching coach for Piedmont (A, 2000), Lakewood (A, 2001) and Reading (AA, 2002-04).
Was selected by CLE in the 5th round of the 1985 June draft. Spent parts of 7 seasons in the major leagues (1988-93; 1995). Pitched a 7.0-inning CG (rain-shortened) in his ML debut, 7/30/88 vs MIN. Earned his 1st ML win, 9/7/88 at NYY, over Tommy John. Pitched for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in Japan's Pacific League in 1997.
Rodney Lea Nichols... Married Sharon Sparks (2/8/86); has three children: Katelyn (6/22/89), Christopher (8/21/90) and Kellea (7/25/95)... 1982 graduate of Highland High School (NM)... Was a 3-year baseball letterman at the University of New Mexico and was the first player from the school to make it to the major leagues... Played Little League and American Legion ball... Hobby: Hiking.