Hicks to head TJCA baseball
Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy has named Jamie Hicks as the new head baseball coach.
Hicks replaces Chris White, who accepted the athletic director’s position at Burns High School earlier this month.
“I’ve loved baseball forever,” Hicks said. “I’ve coached a lot of other things, but I’ve always wanted to coach baseball. It’s my passion.”
While Hicks has never coached baseball on the high school level, he has a wealth of experience in other sports, such as wrestling, golf, and softball.
“In any sport I coach, I don’t change who I am,” Hicks said. “My teams are going to be wide open, fiery, and enthusiastic. We are going to get after it.”
That philosophy has paid off in the past. As head coach of TJCA softball team, Hicks led the Lady Gryphons to a record-setting season in 2014. They posted a program best seven wins and made their first ever post season appearance. Pitcher Brianna Kale became the first Lady Gryphon to receive All-State honors.
With all that success, Hicks admits it was tough leaving one diamond for another.
“It was hard,” Hicks said. “I really connected with those softball girls. We built good relationships and started something really special. But once this door opened to coach baseball, I just had to step through it. It’s something I waited 15 years to do.”
Hicks takes the reins of a program that struggled last year, only posting five wins, but he is excited about the challenges that lie ahead.
“You know, I’ll never replace Coach White,” he said. “He is a great baseball coach. He has proven himself time and time again, from East, to Chase, to R-S, to TJ, where he turned the program around. I have no expectations to be Coach White. I have to make my own path and build off the things he put in place.”
That path could prove to be a prosperous one as TJCA only lost three players to graduation last season.
“We have a lot of talent coming back, including some really good pitching,” Hicks said. “Hopefully, it will give me a chance to start my tenure, as coach, off with a strong season and build from there.”