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Scott Hicks, the 19th head coach in Loyola men’s basketball history, is now in his fourth season at the helm at Evergreen Campus.
Known for his hard work and dedication, Hicks is a well-respected coach among his peers. With nine underclassmen, under his guidance this season, Hicks will once again be working hard to get the Greyhounds ready for conference play and for the MAAC Championships in March.
“Loyola is considered one of the finest undergraduate institutions in the East,” says Hicks. “I feel strongly that we can achieve a high level of success on the basketball court in the years to come.”
Hicks’ dedication to his players goes beyond the court and into the classroom. He knows the grueling schedule and academic pressures today’s student-athlete goes through, and is building a program that encourages true student-athletes to succeed in all aspects of their collegiate careers.
“Our goal,” adds Hicks. “Is to make Loyola’s basketball team a leader in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.” Hicks, 37, possesses a career mark of 146-165 in 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He came to the Evergreen Campus after a three-years stint as head coach at the University at Albany. During his tenure at Albany, Hicks oversaw the Great Danes’ jump from the Division II ranks to that of a Division I independent program.
In 1999-2000, with his team competing at the NCAA Division I level for the first time in the history of the program, Hicks led Albany to an 11-17 record. Included on the schedule were several demanding games against well-established programs and 17 road contests against just 11 home dates.
Hicks’ first season at Albany, 1997-98, saw the Great Danes produce a 19-8 overall record and earn a berth in the ECAC tournament. Albany made a second consecutive trip to the ECAC’s postseason during the 1998-99 campaign, finishing with a 14-14 overall record that year.
Hicks has one senior on his roster this season. Fifth-year senior Lindbergh Chatman will lead three juniors, five sophomores and four freshmen into 2003-04. Although it will be a young team, three of Hicks’ top five scorers are back and the coaching staff is confident that the Greyhounds will be a much improved squad.
“Scott is a great young basketball mind, and he has been successful at every juncture of his career,” says Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan, himself a longtime collegiate basketball coach. “We’re extremely excited to have him as our basketball coach and believe in great things to come for our men’s basketball program.”
In 1992, at just 26 years of age, Hicks was hired as the head men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, LeMoyne College. He became the youngest men’s basketball head coach at an NCAA institution at any level when he accepted the position.
During his five-year tenure at Le Moyne, he led the Dolphins to NCAA Division II tournament appearances in 1996 and 1997 and compiled an impressive 87-56 overall record. His .608 winning percentage ranks second in school history, while his victory total is third all-time at the school.
Under his leadership, Le Moyne captured the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship in 1996 and followed that with the Northeast 10 Conference title in 1997, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament each year.
Hicks, who was also the College’s NCAA compliance officer and director of scheduling, led the program to a 24-6 record in 1995-96, matching the school record for victories. Hicks and the Dolphins had winning seasons in each of his first four years as head coach.
Hicks is a 1988 graduate of Le Moyne with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration. He concluded his career with 1,470 points to finish seventh on the school’s all-time list. He also ranked ninth in school history in rebounding (627), seventh in assists (320) and second in steals (178). He was also a two-time first-team All-Mid East Conference selection as a junior and senior. For his efforts, Hicks was inducted into the Le Moyne Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.
Following graduation from Le Moyne, Hicks played professionally for the Rheineck Sea Horses in Timaru, New Zealand, in the summer of 1988.
Upon his return from abroad, he served as an assistant coach at two programs under two head coaches among the most successful at their respective levels. From 1988-1990, he served as an assistant to Tom Murphy at Division III power Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Hicks then went on to serve as an assistant coach for the legendary Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University for the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons.
A native of Oneida, N.Y., and a graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, Hicks is married to the former Lisa Dooley, also a 1988 graduate of Le Moyne. The couple has three children —sons Jake (7) and Luke (5) and daughter Abigail (1). The Hicks family resides in Lutherville, Md.