High School Sports

Hicks taking over as Baldwin's AD

Jesse Hicks had one request when he withdrew a resignation letter as Baldwin's head football coach earlier this year.

He wanted to become Baldwin's athletics director.

After waiting on a decision during the past few months, Hicks learned from school officials earlier this week that he will be named the school's athletics director at an upcoming school board meeting.

"I'm just glad to be able to do more for the kids and the community," Hicks said. "There's more I'll have to do, but I want to put together a program second to none in the state."

Hicks resigned in March after six years as the head football coach to pursue opportunities as an athletics director elsewhere. But he withdrew that letter after 150 or so supporters showed up at a meeting to change his mind.

Hicks met with then-superintendent Gene Trammell to discuss the creation of an AD position that hadn't existed for years at Baldwin. But it took a superintendent switch and months before Hicks finally found out his fate.

"It's late in the process, but we'll hit the ground running," Hicks said. "We'll start practice, and the fall sports are ready to go with schedules. We have to get all the coaches together on the same page."

The veteran coach has helped 37 football players sign scholarships in his six years at Baldwin. He could have another six sign in February, highlighted by linebacker Corico Hawkins, who is one of the top prospects in the state.

The Braves are 49-20 under Hicks, and they have made it to the GHSA playoffs in all but one season. He has two 10-win seasons in Milledgeville and led the Braves to the Georgia Dome for the Class AAAA semifinals in 2005. The Braves haven't had a losing season under Hicks.

"I think it is a huge benefit for the program that the community already knows me and already has seen positive results from our football team," Hicks said. "We want to let the community know what we are all about. We have to bring our parents into the fold. First, we care about academics. Second, we want to build a better person and lastly build a better athlete."