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King University News :: David Hicks Named King College Athletic Director

BRISTOL, Tenn. - David Hicks was named King College's new athletic director on Monday, May 2, during a news conference before an excited crowd of more than 75 athletes and coaches representing the 24 sports he will lead as the college officially joins NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas this fall.

Hicks, whose hiring is effective on June 1, 2011, comes to King from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., where he spent the past 13 years serving in administrative roles, including that of assistant athletic director. For the past five years, he has also served as head coach for Rhodes' softball team.

We are delighted to welcome David Hicks to King College to lead us into a new era of Division II athletics, said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King College. With his extensive administrative experience and his understanding of what it takes to coach successfully at the college level, David will be a tremendous asset to King athletics and to the college. He brings with him a zeal for excellence in athletics, a commitment to leadership through engagement, and a determination to produce both winning teams and successful student-athletes.

I am eager for my new journey here at King to begin, said Hicks, a native of Chapmanville, W.Va., and the father of four young boys. King and Rhodes share many values and qualities, including the commitment to the student experience and to excellence in athletics. Graduating students with a passion for life-long learning and a desire to become effective and transformative members of their communities are also common goals.

As the athletic director, I will bring a well-defined philosophy to Tornado Athletics founded on collaboration, engagement, excellence and integrity that will lead to success on the field and the development of well-rounded student-athletes.

Hicks has proven to be a winner in the coaching ranks, having become Rhodes' all-time leader in softball wins in 2009. In the past four seasons alone, he has coached 29 all conference players, eight all region players and 23 Academic All Americans, and his teams have maintained a team GPA of 3.4 during his coaching tenure.

As athletic director at King, Hicks will be responsible for overseeing 24 intercollegiate sports, including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's cycling, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming/diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's wrestling, baseball, softball, cheerleading and dance.

Hicks earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, in 1995, where he was a four-year starter on the baseball team. He earned his Master of Arts in Sport Management from Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, in 1996. Prior to his time at Rhodes College, Hicks worked in the athletic ticketing and marketing offices at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He also served as director of operation and programming for Sports Forum in St. Clair Shores, Mich.

During the news conference, Jordan took a moment to recognize the dedication and commitment of Interim Athletic Director Dave Rutherford, who has played an important role in managing King's athletic department for several months as it searched for a new director to lead the school at the highly competitive NCAA Division II level. King College is the 12th member of Conference Carolinas and opens play this fall against the seven North Carolina and four South Carolina conference members.

The knowledge and leadership skills David Hicks brings with him from his dual roles at Rhodes College provide him with the ability to take our program to the next level, said Rutherford. I look forward to working closely with him during this transition phase.

A well-rounded search committee of King administrators, faculty, coaches and a student-athlete executed the comprehensive search process for King's new athletic director.

I was honored to be a member of the search committee, said King senior and soccer player Michael Thornton. I was looking for a leader who would come to campus and really build a strong foundation where King would really thrive. We looked for someone with the will and determination to build a team around him - a strong base of coaches who will bring in strong student-athletes to King and succeed.

David Hicks' philosophy and experience make for an ideal match for King College.