February 20, 1895|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 Helms National (1921)|
3× EIBL (1921, 1928-1929)
NCAA All-American (1916)|
2× EIBL First Team (1916-1917)
Edward Joseph McNichol (February 20, 1895 - after 1930) was the head men's basketball coach for the University of Pennsylvania from 1920-1930. His first Penn team finished the season with a 21-2 record and was retroactively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation. This was Penn's second consecutive Helms national championship, the previous year's 21-1 team having later been recognized as the Helms (and Premo-Porretta Power Poll) national champion as well.
McNichol played on Penn's basketball team from 1914 to 1917. In his junior season in 1915-16, he was named a consensus All-American by the Helms Athletic Foundation. In both 1915-16 and 1916-17 he served as team captain and was a two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League First Team selection.
After his coaching career, he served in the United States Army. According to a 1919 edition of the Year Book of the Pennsylvania Society, McNichol was a sergeant in the 469th Railroad Engineers for the Army.
|Penn Quakers (Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League) (1920-1930)|
|1920-21||Penn||21-2||9-1||1st||Helms National Champions|
Postseason invitational champion