TRENTON, Ga. — It was going to take a perfect situation to get Cole Hicks to leave his assistant basketball coaching job at Dade County High School. He found one this week.
Hicks, son of Dade boys' coach Glen Hicks, will be the new boys' head coach at North Jackson High School in Stevenson, Ala., allowing the 30-year-old a chance to grow as a coach and maintain his strong family ties.
"I hated to leave him," Cole Hicks said of his father. "It was a very tough decision, but at the end of the day I have an 11-month-old daughter, so this was the right decision at the right time. We're not going to move from Trenton, so that's great for us because my wife works in Chattanooga."
He takes over from Mike Holt, who was not retained after going 18-36 in two years. The North Jackson administration didn't wait long to fill the spot.
"They called one evening and wanted to talk to me, offered it to me right after that, and after I thought about it for a while, I took it," Cole Hicks said. "I'm sure my last name had a lot to do with it. Dad taught and coached in Jackson County for 25 years and had a lot of success. They know I've been around the game for a long time, and they know I'll come over there and make them a better program."
He says the Chiefs will use the up-tempo, all-out pressing style his dad has used for years, and he knows the learning process will take some time.
"That's the only kind of basketball I know," he said. "They played semi-fast this season when we played them, but it will take some time to get to the speed I want to play. It's a big learning curve, but I'm hoping it doesn't take that long."
Glen Hicks had mixed emotions about losing his top assistant.
"They stole him away from me," he joked. "From a dad's standpoint I'm tickled to death, but as the head coach at Dade County it kind of throws a wrench into my program. Cole will do a great job there, and it's great he gets to stay close to home."
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Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...