Nicholas headed the European squad this past year at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois, where the Americans defeated Europe, 16-12.
“I'm absolutely delighted,” said Nicholas at a press conference at Killeen Castle, site of the 2011 matches, on Tuesday. “It's a great honor and privilege to be a captain at home. I loved the experience at Rich Harvest Farms and I thought we were going to do it; I really did! That's why I'm confident for Ireland because I'm confident in my players. From what I understand it was a unanimous decision so it was very pleasing for me.”
Nicholas won the 1997 U.S. Women's Open was was a member of six consecutive European Solheim Cup teams.