Andrean hires Scott Hicko as new boys basketball coach
By LaMond Pope 713-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org July 17, 2013 12:18PM
Andrean coach Carson Cunningham, left, and Scott Hicko, during the regional championship on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Plymouth. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 19, 2013 3:37PM
Scott Hicko graduated from Andrean in 1996. He spent the past five seasons as an assistant for the school’s boys basketball team.
Wednesday, Hicko took the next step up the ladder, becoming the 59ers head coach.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Hicko said in a phone interview. “When I first came to Andrean, it was nice to be able to coach at the school that I played at and I have a core connection to. Becoming the head coach now, it’s kind of magnified even more. I’m just excited to be back to where I played. And I’m just really happy to have the opportunity to build on a great tradition and a great five years that Carson (Cunningham) had.”
Hicko replaces Cunningham, who became the head coach of Carroll College in Helena, Mont.
“Every program he’s been to, once he’s gotten there, the program has gotten better,” Andrean athletic director Bill Mueller said of Hicko. “Carson was here, he gave him a lot of responsibilities and the kids seemed to react to him.
“… He came in and he just seemed liked the type of guy you want representing Andrean.”
After Andrean won a sectional championship this year, Cunningham called Hicko a “defensive guru” and labeled him in “The Defensive Whisperer.” Andrean allowed on average 50.3 points per game in 2012-13.
“I think defensively, if you can put a good system in, it can keep you in a lot of basketball games at the high school level,” Hicko said. “And as the team grows and gets better, playing good defense can win you the big-time games. I think throughout, whether you are rebuilding or you’ve got a championship team, defensively sets the tone for whatever you are doing.”
Hicko played college basketball at Western Montana and Montana State. He was an assistant at Wheeler before joining Andrean’s staff as an assistant.
“You learn a lot in every situation you are in,” Hicko said. “I’ve had a great opportunity to learn under some great head coaches like Mike Jones at Wheeler and Carson at Andrean. Understanding their coaching philosophies and learning different ways to run your offenses and defenses and different ways to interact with the players, you take all that into account when you become a head coach.”
Andrean has captured four consecutive sectional titles. Hicko said one of the keys to carrying on the tradition will be “focusing on the core values that Andrean exemplifies.”
“Hard work, having a good attitude, being able to overcome adversity, all those things are what Andrean is all about,” Hicko said. “Being able to have the type of kid that comes in and is willing to sacrifice himself a little bit for the good of society, for the good of Andrean, for the good of the basketball team or whatever sport he’s playing I think is what Andrean is all about.
“Being able to teach kids that and get them to a point where they can do that in everyday life is a huge thing. That’s what Andrean is all about. I think that’s why Andrean has been successful in the past. Just continuing that is major.”