Around the racks and dumbbells of the Bierman weight room, Dan Nichol spends his day working through the established routines of his student-athletes, keeping a consistent beat driven by repetition and order. The predictability of the weight room doesn’t follow Nichols when he departs from Dinkytown each day. That sense of rhythm and order disappears when the barrel-chested strength coach with a sharp Boston accent leaves the weight room behind and heads home to a full house after work. That’s where the real heavy lifting begins as he and his wife, Suzanne, raise three young daughters, including a pair of twins.
Photos by Eric Miller • location: Gibson-Nagurski Outdoor Practice Field