FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University athletic officials announced on Thursday that men’s assistant basketball coach Jay Hickson has resigned to pursue other career opportunities outside of coaching. Hickson also served as the university’s compliance officer.
FMU athletic director Murray Hartzler said that a search for Hickson’s successor would begin immediately.
During Hickson’s four years on the Patriot bench, Francis Marion compiled a 54-58 record, including a trip to the Sweet 16 of NCAA Division II national tournament in 2004.
“I very much appreciate Jay’s contributions to the Patriot men’s basketball program,” said FMU men’s head coach John Schweitz. “Over the past four seasons, expectations for the men’s basketball program at FMU have been raised exceedingly, and Jay has played a large role in that growth. I wish him well in his new endeavors.”
A native of Westfield, Mass., Hickson joined the Patriot staff in 2001 after two seasons as an assistant at NCAA Division I Campbell University. He was also with the Campbell program during the 1997-98 campaign as an administrative assistant, and served as an assistant coach at UNC Pembroke for the 1998-99 season.
Hickson is a 1997 graduate of Campbell, where he earned the B.S. degree in exercise science and sports management.