|Title:||Assistant Football Coach -- Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers|
|Education:||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 2014, the Huntingdon defense was one of the best in the USA South Athletic Conference, ranking second in yards allowed per game and points allowed per game. The unit also produced 14 interceptions, the fourth most in Huntingdon history.
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.
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 2008 defense posted three shutouts, forced a program-best 14 forced fumbles and set the program record for fewest 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 defensive players have earned recognition for their play. 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.
Linebacker Zach Brownell and defensive back Jeremy Murphy both received first-team All-Region recognition in 2014. Murphy was named first-team All-American for special teams and Brownell was an honorable mention All-American.
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 first two seasons in the USA South, the Hawks have one Defensive Player of the Year (Brownell) and six defensive All-Conference selections. In their lone season in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2008, 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 as the linebackers coach at the University of West Alabama. Prior to his time at UWA, Hicks was a graduate assistant at Jacksonville State University.
Hicks also worked 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.