Cumberland College

James Hicks begins his tenth season as head coach at Cumberland in 2023-24 after serving three years in the identical capability at Darton State School in Albany, Ga.

The Cumberland wrestling program has endured perennial success since Hicks’ arrival on campus and particularly over the previous few seasons the place the Phoenix have completed contained in the High 10 every of the final three years.

This previous yr, Cumberland completed in eighth place total inserting two on the rostrum at nationals. The Phoenix completed in second within the Mid-South Convention Common Season and second within the event posting a 10-4 document. 4 Phoenix claimed particular person Mid-South Convention Championships.

Hicks had his first NAIA Nationwide Champion in 2022 as Cole Smith went an ideal 29-0 on the yr to win this system’s fifth particular person NAIA Nationwide Championship. Alongside Smith, Carter Cox, Anthony Maia, and Keshawn Legal guidelines earned NAIA All-Individuals every ending eighth of their respective weight-class. The workforce completed eighth total in 2022.

In 2021, Hicks led the Phoenix final season to their highest end in program historical past as Cumberland completed in fifth place as a workforce on the NAIA Nationwide Championships. The workforce additionally had 5 All-Individuals, probably the most from one workforce in a season at Cumberland. Esco Walker completed because the Nationwide Runner-Up within the 133-weight class. Cole Smith, Carter Cox, Anthony Maia, and Patrick Depiazza additionally earned All-American honors.

Hicks led the Phoenix to the Mid-South Convention Event championship in his first yr on the helm of this system, tying for the workforce 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 Staff All-Mid-South honors and Croley went on to garner All-America accolades at 157.

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

In each 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, wrestling has had two athletes obtain All-America honors – Anothony Maia and Nathan Walton in 2018-19 and Patrick Depiazza and Nathan Walton in 2019-20. Maia reached the nationwide event semifinals and Walton reached the seventh place occasion. In 2020, Walton completed in third place and Depiazza captured seventh.

In 2016-17, three student-athletes earned All-America honors for the Phoenix – Rosario, Croley, and Delaune – tying for probably the most All-Individuals in a single season in program historical past. Croley was voted Second Staff All-Mid-South whereas 9 athletes have been named Tutorial All-Mid-South and Matt Carroll, Evan Cole, and Peter Donchev was acknowledged 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 Japanese District II Coach of the 12 months in every of the final two seasons for the Cavaliers and the workforce received the Japanese 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 workforce 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 underneath 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 received the East Area Qualifier in his ultimate 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 received the Mid-South Convention regular-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 workforce’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 Schooling from Campbellsville in 2009.

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