UTRGV Athletics Hires Shareese Hicks as New Track and Cross Country Head Coach

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – Vice President and Sports Director of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Conch Hunting announced on Tuesday the hiring of Shareese Hicks, who has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach in Memphis, as the new head coach of the track and field and cross country programs at Vaqueros.

While in Memphis, Hicks worked directly with those who competed in the sprints and hurdles.

“We are delighted to welcome Coach Hicks and his family to the Rio Grande Valley,” said UTRGV vice president and athletic director. Conch Hunting mentionned. “Coach Hicks brings an impressive resume to our program as a coach, high performance student-athlete and accomplished professional athlete. What stood out most at Shareese was her passion for the student-athlete. and offering an exceptional experience that comes with her character and commitment to doing things right. She has an impressive network and everyone we spoke to couldn’t say enough about her character and the person she was. is. I look forward to seeing our program grow under his leadership. “

In the past outdoor season, Hicks guided three student-athletes to the finals of the American Athletic Conference Championships, including Adam yakobi, who qualified for the NCAA East preliminary round in the 400-meter hurdles. Yakobi qualified with 52.04 at the LSU Invitational on May 1, 42sd-best score in the region, before PRing with a 51.91 to finish 25e In the region.

Hicks started his tenure at Memphis strong, coaching six conference finalists during the 2020 indoor season, including Paris Perkins, who won silver in the 400 meters.

Prior to coming to Memphis, Hicks was the head athletics coach of Neosho County Community College for five seasons, coaching 20 athletes who qualified for the NJCAA, including three who won All-American honors. One of his All-Americans was Sergio wilson, who was the 2017 NJCAA champion in the men’s javelin a year after finishing second.

As teams, the women’s track and field team improved two places in the regional rankings while the men’s team gained one spot under Hicks’ leadership.

Hicks’ teams have also been successful in the classroom and in the community, increasing their cumulative averages by about half a point. The teams also combined for approximately 500 hours of community service on the Neosho County campus and surrounding areas.

“I am thrilled to be leading the track and field and cross country programs here in the Valley,” Hicks said. “UTRGV is in a real triple threat. It’s in an amazing region, a competitive conference, and has more than enough resources for all sports programming to make an elite statement. working to create a championship culture for our young people – academically and athletically. “

Prior to entering the ranks of full-time college coaches, Hicks was a professional track and field athlete from 2008 to 2015. She competed primarily in the 100, 200 and 400-meter sprints in competitions in the United States and the United States. world.

A 2012 US Olympic Trials finalist in the 400-meters, Hicks impressed in his first year as a professional in 2008, winning US National Indoor Championships gold in the 400-meters and championship bronze. of the indoor world in the same event. She also ran a stage in the 4×400-meter relay team that won bronze at the 2008 World Indoor Championships.

Hicks won gold as a member of the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relay teams at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships. She also won silver in the 200 meters. Hicks won silver in the 4×100-meter relay at the Pan Am Games.

After her college career ended in 2007, Hicks immediately engaged in training her alma mater, Charlotte, as a volunteer assistant from 2007 to 2009, while continuing to train for her professional career. In 2009-2010, Hicks was a volunteer assistant at Bethune-Cookman.

Hicks then joined the high school ranks in Miami, Fla., As an assistant coach at Christopher Columbus High School in 2012-13 and head coach at Coral Reef High School in 2013-14.

Hicks (then Woods) was an outstanding student-athlete in Charlotte from 2004 to 2007. Four times All-American, Hicks was the first 49er to win two All-American honors in the same season. Hicks was an outstanding sprinter who won nine individual conference championships and five relay conference titles. It recorded the most performances of all conferences (17) in the history of the program. Hicks was a two-time Atlantic 10 conference interpreter at the league indoor meet and led Charlotte to four Atlantic 10 indoor and outdoor tag team championships.

She was the first 49ers sprinter to qualify for the NCAA Championships and the first 49ers to compete in three events at an NCAA Championships meet. Hicks has the best national result ever for a 49ers student track and field athlete with her fourth place finish in the 200-meter at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Hicks also shares or owns eight recordings of the Charlotte program. In the fall of 2019, Charlotte Athletics honored Hicks in a shirt-pulling recognition in the 49ers return game. She was then inducted into the Charlotte Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2020.

Originally from Fort Bragg, NC, Hicks and her husband, Antwon, have a daughter, Semira.

Valerie Brown, Austin Peay’s head coach
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley made a terrific rental. I had the pleasure of knowing Shareese from university during international competitions. I have seen her become a wonderful wife, wife, mother and leader.

Over the years she has grown and become such a fierce track and field coach who brings a lot of passion and commitment to the development of young men and women in life. She is a great leader and deserved this opportunity. I can’t wait to see her do great things in Texas. Do it Shareese!

UNC Charlotte Emeritus Director of Athletics Judy Rose
Shareese is one of the greatest female competitors I’ve ever known, and she’s an even better person overall. She sets an example on and off the track. I’m so excited for the UTRGV student-athletes. Her winning attitude and personal accomplishments are truly inspiring.

Memphis Head Coach Kevin robinson
She has this advantage, this little chip on her shoulder that will help take this program to the next level.

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