Steve Nicokiris: A Proud Knight

Nicokiris with alumna, Gail Marquis (1980)
& QC Student-Athletes at 2011 Golf & Tennis Classic
Nicokiris with alumna, Gail Marquis (1980) & QC Student-Athletes at 2011 Golf & Tennis Classic

Meet Steve Nicokiris (“Nico”), a Little Neck, N.Y. native and 1981 Queens College graduate. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems and was also a heavily-involved Queens College student, both in the classroom and on the baseball field.

A 6-foot-2 first baseman/outfielder out of Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, Nico enrolled at QC as a freshman and landed a spot on then-baseball head coach Quigley’s squad as a Queens College Knight. Coach Gary Krupsky took over as head coach the next year. Nico was a four year starter on the team, initially at first base, then outfield and even pitched a little in his senior year.

On the baseball field, the team struggled until his senior year when they finished the season with a record of 21 – 12,  CUNY and Knickerbocker Conference championships, a ranking in the top 25 among Division III schools and an appearance in the NCAA Division III College Baseball tournament. In his senior year Nico hit .375 as a slugging outfielder and "helped out” the pitching staff with a record of 4-2 on the mound. The NCAA appearance for QC was one of only three times in Knights history that the baseball team was selected to play in the NCAA tournament. He recently reconnected with some of his teammates from the 1981 team, including star pitcher Gerard Steffan, first baseman Mike Leiderman and former coach Gary Krupsky.      

In the classroom, Nico graduated with a 3.76 GPA. The combination of academics and athletics resulted in his being nominated as a Academic-All American baseball player and Scholar Athlete in his senior year. How did he do this? He took his classwork as seriously as he did his work on the baseball field.  As an accounting major and a serious student, he became just as familiar with the library as he did the baseball field.

Mr. Nicokiris also became an active member of the Accounting Society at Queens College, which helped him learn more about a career in accounting. With this knowledge, he was able to land a job with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) right out of college.  After seven years at PWC, he decided to continue his career in public accounting at CBIZ MHM, LLC (CBIZ), the eighth largest accounting provider in the country. He has been a managing director/shareholder since 1995. To this day, he comes back to his alma mater on a regular basis to speak to current accounting majors about opportunities in the accounting profession, and to serve as a Board Member on the Queens College Employer Advisory Board, a position which allows him to work with the Career Placement Center to promote QC students to potential employers. He also comes back in the fall semester to recruit some of QC's best and brightest accounting majors to work with him at CBIZ. Two such students were recently hired.

Steve Nicokiris is still involved with QC athletics in his own way. His sport of choice these days is golf. He has attended Queens College's Annual Golf & Tennis Classic each year. He says that the event is a great opportunity for him to stay connected to QC as well as meet current student-athletes and support the athletic department.  

In talking with Mr. Nicokiris, it was evident he was and still is proud to be part of the Queens College community. “I never  would have gotten to where I am today without Queens College. It provided me with the tools necessary to grow and succeed in my career and in my life.”

On a personal note, Nico has been married to Ann Schaumberger, his high school sweetheart, for twenty three years.  “We were dating throughout college.  My wife was a great influence and helped me to stay focused on both academics and athletics while I was in college.”  They live in Stamford, CT with their seventeen year old daughter, Erica.

 

Article by: Alex Garrett

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The Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner will take place during Homecoming Weekend on October 13, 2012.  A complete list of events can also be found at queensknights.com/hof.