Alabama loses high school coaching legend

While "Coach Hicks" (as many of us knew him) was a great coach, he was much more than that to the community of Addison, (Ala.). He remained in Addison after his retirement and was a mentor to many around the small country town. He always had a kind word, and he always had time to talk a little football.

Aubrey Gene "Snake Eye" Hicks passed away of an apparent heart attack Saturday, November 1, while visiting his brother in Phenix City, (Ala.). Hicks was 83 years of age.

A.G. Hicks served four years in the United States Navy during World War II, and earned his GED in 1946. He had attended Central High School in Phenix City until duty called.

He went to Troy where he earned his Bachelor's degree, and later a Master's degree.

Hicks began his coaching career at Addison High School in Winston County and returned after one season to coach at Central High School in Phenix City and Irwin County High School in Georgia.

A.G. Hicks returned to Addison as the head football coach in 1956, and would remain the Bulldogs leader for 19 years. Coach Hicks led the Addison Bulldogs to approximately 150 victories and two state championships.

The first title was in 1962, when the Bulldogs shared a Birmingham News regional state championship. The second came in 1970 when the Bulldogs went undefeated in regular season play, and the 2A playoffs. The following year Hicks led the Bulldogs back to the state title game only to finish runner up in 1A.

After Hicks retired as head football coach he went on to serve Addison High School eight more years as their principal. He has served on the board of directors of the Winston County Sports Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1996. Hicks was selected by his peers as an inaugural member of the Hall of Fame in 1997.

While Coach Hicks (as many of us knew him) was a great coach he was much more than that to the community of Addison. He remained in Addison after his retirement and was a mentor to many around the small country town. He always had a kind word, and he always had time to talk a little football.

It was my personal pleasure to come to know Coach Hicks while I was working as a salesman for an equipment trailer manufacturer just across Hwy 41 from his home. Coach Hicks would frequently visit our office to discuss football.

We had played for the Bulldogs heated arch rival, the Winston County Yellow Jackets. We had been coached by Coach Larry Bishop, just one of many A.G. Hicks prodigies.

We would discuss the upcoming football season, and each team. We often discussed the University of Alabama, and Auburn University. We mostly discussed the ins-and-outs of high school football, and how it had changed over the years.

I could go into several hours of football history that was told by Coach A.G. Hicks, but I could never begin to tell you of the impact he had on the small town of Addison. That is something better left for his former players, and the community that will miss him so much.

Yes, Aubrey Gene Hicks was a football coaching legend, but he was more than that in Addison. He was simply a legend, a friend, and a steady influence on many lives around the area, but most of all a great human being.

Coach Hicks funeral services took place at 11:00 am Wednesday morning at the First Baptist Church in Addison. He was later laid to rest at Kemp Baptist Cemetery in Addison.

Honorary pall-bearers were all former coaches, students and faculty of Addison High School, as well as the staff and members of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

Rest in peace my old friend.


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