|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, was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2006 and has been a part of every win in program history. In addition to his responsibilities as defensive coordinator, Hicks also coaches linebackers.
Since 2014, the Huntingdon defense has been one of the best in the USA South Athletic Conference. The 2016 defense led the conference in sacks and fumble recoveries and was second in points allowed.
The 2016 Hawks held four opponents to 14 points or less. The unit also held three opponents to 33 yards rushing or less, posted one shutout and held Greensboro to 145 yards of offense, the fourth lowest total in Huntingdon history.
In 2015, the conference champion Hawks led the USA South in total offensive yards allowed per game and rushing yards allowed per game and was second with 24.1 points allowed per game.
The defense also led the conference with 18 interceptions and 32 sacks. The sacks led to a Huntingdon-record 223 yards lost and the 18 interceptions were the second most in program history.
The 2014 defense ranked second in the USA South in yards allowed per game and points allowed per game. The unit also produced 14 interceptions, then 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.
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.
Four other defensive standouts have also been recognized on All-American teams. Defensive back Anthony White was named second-team AP Little All-America in 2015. White and defensive lineman Heath McCray were both named honorable mention All-American by D3football.com in 2015. In 2014, defensive back Jeremy Murphy was named second-team All-American for special teams and linebacker Zach Brownell was named honorable mention All-American.
Brownell (2014), Murphy (2014) and McCray (2015) were also first-team All-Region selections. McCray and linebacker Trey Hayes earned second-team All-Region honors in 2016.
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 four seasons in the USA South, the Hawks have had two players named Defensive Player of the Year (Brownell and White), two players named Defensive Rookie of the Year (Hayes and DeAnte’ Griffith) and 21 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.