James Hicks begins his fifth season as head coach at Cumberland in 2019-20 after serving three years in the identical capability at Darton State School in Albany, Ga.

Hicks led the Phoenix to the Mid-South Convention Match championship in his first yr on the helm of this system, tying for the crew title for this system’s first-ever MSC title. For his efforts he was voted Mid-South Convention West Division Coach of the 12 months. Sammy Rosario, Nate Croley, Orlando Nawade, Kyle Delaune and Dustin Harris all earned Second Crew All-Mid-South honors and Croley went on to garner All-America accolades at 157.

As well as eight student-athletes had been named Tutorial All-Mid-South Convention and Peter Donchev and Nick Paden had been acknowledged as NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Final season two athletes recieved All-America honors – Anothony Maia and Nathan Walton. Maia reached the nationwide event semifianls and Walton reached the seventh pplace occasion.

In 2016-17, three student-athletes earned All-America honors for the Phoenix – Rosario, Croley and Delaune – tying for essentially the most All-Individuals in a single season in program historical past. Croley was voted Second Crew All-Mid-South whereas 9 athletes had been named Tutorial All-Mid-South and Matt Carroll, Evan Cole and Peter Donchev had been reconized as NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Hicks produced two nationwide champions and 6 junior faculty All-Individuals throughout his three seasons at Darton State. The Belle Glade, Fla., native was named Area III Jap District II Coach of the 12 months in every of the final two seasons for the Cavaliers and the crew gained the Jap District II Championship in each campaigns as properly.

Twenty-two wrestlers certified for the NJCAA nationwide event over his three years, together with 9 in 2015 and eight in 2014. The crew completed within the High 25 on the nationwide tourney all three seasons, together with 14th in 2015 and seventeenth in 2014. Darton State additionally positioned third every of his final two years within the non-scholarship division of the NJCAA Nationwide Championships. As well as, 5 wrestlers garnered Tutorial All-America honors below Hicks’ tutelage.

Hicks served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Campbellsville College, for 4 years, with the Tigers inserting within the High 7 on the NAIA Championship in three of these campaigns. Campbellsville gained the East Area Qualifier in his remaining season as an assistant in 2012 and completed within the High 5 on the NWCA Nationwide Duals in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Tigers additionally gained the Mid-South Convention common season title in every of his final three years with this system.

Throughout his time as an assistant coach, Campbellsville produced a pair of nationwide champions, 19 NAIA All-Individuals, 47 nationwide qualifiers, 10 East Area champions, 17 Mid-South Convention champions and 7 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Hicks was a three-time NAIA nationwide qualifier and a Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete throughout his wrestling profession at Campbellsville in addition to a three-year starter for the Tigers. He was a member of the 2006 NAIA Nationwide Championship membership at Dana School in Blair, Neb., rating as excessive as sixth nationally and receiving the crew’s Freshman of the 12 months award. He positioned fourth as a senior on the FHSAA State Championships for Glades Central Excessive College.

Hicks acquired his bachelor’s in Bodily Training from Campbellsville in 2009.

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