Davidson comes to La Jolla with 10 years of coaching experience at the club and high school levels. Most recently, Davidson was the head of age group water polo at Rose Bowl Water Polo Club where she oversaw the 10, 12 and 14 and under boy's and girl's programs. Both of her U14 girl's and boy's teams won the 2016 Champions Cup in Hawai'i while her girl's team placed second at the 2016 Junior Olympics.
In 2016-17, Davidson coached the La Cañada High School girl's water polo team where she was named the Stars News Coach of the Year. Previously, Davidson spent two seasons as the head coach of the Cathedral Catholic High School girl's water polo program and oversaw the San Diego Shores 16 and under girl's team. She is currently in her fifth year as a USA Water Polo Development National Team assistant coach.
"I am beyond excited to have Nicki on board to help out our 2018 squad," said Kreutzkamp. "With her experience as a head coach in high school, a club coach for many years, and a head coach in the national team pipeline she brings a wealth of experience to our team".
Collegiately, Davidson played for Pat Beemer at Wagner College for four years. She helped lead the Seahawks to a NCAA appearance in 2006 and was also a three-year member of the swim team. She graduated from Wagner in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in history and also earned a bachelor of science in nutrition science from Kaplan University in 2015.
Davidson graduated from Temple City High School where she was a part of the 2003 and 2004 CIF SS Water Polo Championship teams.
“I would like to thank Brad and the entire UCSD athletics department for the incredible opportunity to begin my collegiate coaching career here,“ said Davidson. "The rich, unparalleled academic tradition in combination with a growth minded and forward thinking athletic department makes for an ideal fit. I am excited to begin serving the young women of this program and become integrated into the process of this storied team as we continue to build the success of the Tritons".
The Tritons concluded the 2017 season with a 19-15 overall record and their fifth straight Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title. UCSD also made its fifth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance.