Hicks' Head Coaching Career
Year Team Conference Finish NCAA Finish 4,601.62 8th 4,610.33 4th 4,597.08 DNQ 4,610.60 6th 4,589.50 6th (GARC) DNQ 2011-12 Nebraska 4,611.08 3rd (GARC) DNQ 4,603.37 Best at NU: 3rd Best at NU: 4th
Best at NU: 3rd
Best at NU: 4th
Morgan Hicks finished her fifth season at the helm of the Nebraska rifle program in 2011-12 and continues to help the Huskers in their climb toward national prominence.
A 2008 ISSF World Cup rifle champion and 2004 U.S. Olympian as a competitor, Hicks has helped the Nebraska rifle program continue to be one of the strongest in the nation after taking over for former NU rifle coach Launi Meili. Hicks led her first NU squad to a fourth-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championships before finishing ranked 10th in 2009, just missing the top-eight position needed to compete at the NCAA Championships.
Prior to her arrival at Nebraska, Hicks coached Murray State to a top-10 NCAA finish in 2007. She spent the 2006-07 season as Murray State's men's and women's head rifle coach. In her first year at the helm of her alma mater, she not only led the Racers to a second-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference Championships, but also coached them to an eighth-place finish in their 26th NCAA Championships appearance.
Hicks became the Murray State head coach after serving two years as the volunteer assistant coach and graduate assistant. Prior to her Murray State coaching experience, Hicks was a coach for the civilian marksmanship program, which honed rifle competitors across the United States.
As a rifle competitor, Hicks was an eight-time All-American for Murray State from 2000 to 2004, where she was crowned the 2004 NCAA air rifle champion. Hicks also has vast international experience, as she traveled to World Cups in Milan, Italy (2004, 2006) and Munich, Germany (2006) and the World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia (2006).
She was a U.S. Olympic team member in 2004, when she earned a 12th-place finish at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece. Hicks also competed on the Junior Olympic team four times (1998-2001), earning the smallbore championship in 2001. In March 2008, Hicks captured gold at the ISSF World Cup 50M Three-Position Rifle competition.
Hicks graduated from Bethel High School in Spanaway, Wash., in 2000 before earning her bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Murray State in 2004. She then went on to receive her master's degree in secondary education at Murray State in 2006. In addition to being an NCAA-certified coach, Hicks is the secretary and treasurer of the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association and the USA Shooting Board of Directors Athletic Rifle representative.
The Hicks File
Name: Morgan Hicks
Hometown: Roy, Wash.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Murray State, 2004;
Masters of Science, Murray State, 2006
Head Coaching Experience: Nebraska, 2007-present
Murray State, 2006-07
Other Coaching Experience: Murray State, 2004-06
Awards and Honors: 50M Three-Position Rifle ISFF World Cup Champion, 2008
Eight-time All-American for Murray State Rifle Team, 2000-2004;
NCAA Air Rifle Champion, 2004;
U.S. Olympic team member, 2004
Q&A with Coach Hicks