Austin Nola was born on December 28, 1989, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is the oldest son of A. J. Nola, a remodeling and construction company owner, and baseball coach, and Stacie Nola, a part-time secretary.
His younger brother Aaron went on to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). Their maternal grandfather, Richard Barrios, once served as the sergeant at arms for the Louisiana House of Representatives.
Nola took to baseball from an early age, often playing catch with his father in their backyard after school. A. J. also served as Austin and Aaron’s baseball coach throughout their childhood.
While attending Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Nola played shortstop for the school baseball team. He made the varsity team as a freshman and led the team in hitting that year. As a junior in 2007, Nola was part of Catholic’s district championship team.
During all four years of his high school baseball career, Nola was an all-state shortstop selection. As a senior in 2008, Nola was named the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Star of Stars in Baseball. He batted .447 that year with 48 runs scored, 42 runs batted in (RBIs), and 13 home runs.
Nola is of Italian descent; his great-grandparents emigrated to Baton Rouge from Sicily. His brother Aaron currently pitches for the Philadelphia Phillies. Their uncle suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and in January 2020, the Nola brothers hosted a “Strike Out ALS” charity event on his behalf.