FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University men’s basketball head coach John Schweitz recently announced that Jay Hickson of Buies Creek, N.C., has joined his staff as an assistant coach. Hickson will also serve as the university’s NCAA compliance coordinator.
Hickson replaces Scott Allen, who resigned after two seasons on the Patriot bench to explore other career opportunities.
Hickson’s primary responsibilities will include recruiting, on-floor coaching, individual player workouts, pre- and post-season workouts, and helping in the area of academic support for team members.
The Westfield, Mass., native recently completed his second season as an assistant coach at Division I Campbell University. He was also with the Campbell program during the 1997-98 campaign as an administrative assistant.
He is also making his second foray in to the Peach Belt Conference. He was an assistant coach at UNC Pembroke for the 1998-99 season.
During the summer of 1999, he served as assistant coach and director of player personnel for the New Jersey ShoreCats of the United States Basketball League (USBL). He worked alongside Hall of Famer Rick Barry and former NBA star Clifford Ray, as the ShoreCats posted a 19-9 mark and finished second in the USBL.
Hickson is a 1997 graduate of Campbell. He also worked at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., for seven years.
“I am very pleased to have Jay join our staff,” Schweitz said. “His coaching skills, and familiarity with this region, will only add to our plan to return Patriot basketball to the upper echelon of the Peach Belt and Division II.”
FMU returns five lettermen, including three starters, from last season’s 7-19 squad.