|Title:||Assistant Football Coach -- Defensive Coordinator|
|Previous College:||B.S., Sports Management and Fitness, Troy State University|
Steven Hicks joined the Huntingdon football staff in 2004 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2006. In addition to his responsibilities as defensive coordinator, Hicks also coaches defensive backs.
In 2012, the Hawks ranked fifth in Division III with 9.2 tackles for loss per game and eighth in sacks with 3.3 per game. The 2012 defense also ranked third in program history with 30 sacks, third in tackles for loss with 83 and fourth with 12 forced fumbles. The 185 yards lost on sacks in 2012 set a school record.
The Hawks' defensive effort against Adrian, holding the Bulldogs to 157 yards of offense, was tied for the fourth best in program history. Huntingdon allowed 136 yards per game in 2012, fifth best in program history, and 223.8 passing yards per game, fourth best in program history. The Hawks' 359.8 yards of total offense per game was the fourth best in 10 seasons.
In 2011, the Hawks ranked 12th in Division III in tackles for loss and forced 19 turnovers and set the Huntingdon record for sacks in a season with 36. Huntingdon held opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in six games and turned in two of the top five performances in program history. The Hawks held Maryville to 11 yards rushing on 31 carries and held Wittenberg to six yards rushing on 19 attempts.
During Hicks' first five seasons as defensive coordinator, Huntingdon's defense made improvement each year. The 2008 defense posted three shutouts, forced a program-best 14 forced fumbles and set the program record for points allowed in a season with 158 (15.8 points per game).
In 2007, the Hawks set program records for tackles for loss (101) and yards lost on tackles for loss (375). The 2009 defense set the Huntingdon mark for interceptions with 23 for 319 yards.
In addition to team success, several individuals have earned recognition for their play under Hicks. Defensive tackle D.J. Chappell became the first Hawk to earn first-team All-American honors in 2012 and was a two-time first-team All-South Region selection.
Defensive back Keith Anthony earned second-team preseason All-American honors before his junior season in 2010 and first-team preseason All-American honors before the 2011 season. Anthony was also a second-team and third-team All-South Region selection during his career.
Defensive lineman Rishard Davis earned second-team All-South Region honors in 2006 and defensive back Jamaal Jemison was the first Huntingdon defensive player to earn All-South Region recognition in 2005. Jemison was also named to the preseason Division III team by Lindy's annual preseason magazine in 2006.
In their lone season in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Hawks had six defensive players earn all-conference accolades, including three first-team members.
Before joining the staff at Huntingdon, Hicks spent one season at the University of West Alabama, serving as the linebackers coach. Prior to his time at UWA, Hicks was a graduate assistant at Jacksonville State University.
Hicks also spent time working as a student assistant coach, working with running backs under Mike Turk at Troy, while working on his undergraduate degree in sports management. He completed his master's degree from Jacksonville State University.
Hicks is married to the former Stephanie Shores, a member of the admissions department at Huntingdon and the coach of the Huntingdon cheerleaders. The couple lives in Montgomery and has two children, Trey, and Kloey.