Nichols is the NCAA supervisor of basketball refs and a former ACC ref. He's retiring at the end of the year.
Hank was my favorite ref, he would talk back (without taking his eyes off the action) if your heckling was clever or if you politely raised a legitimate question about a call. These were the good ol days when the students had the front row, and we would occupy (sit is definitely not the correct term) at the free throw line across from the visitor's bench.
Hank was a great official. His comments made you realize just how much he saw and how well he managed a game. I got the impression he liked working CIS better than any other venue.