Carl Hicks enters his 19th season as the head coach of the Coppin State University men’s cross country/track and field program. Hicks began his career at CSU as a volunteer assistant coach in 1993 and was promoted to an assistant coach in 1995.
The 2017 men’s outdoor track and field team set five new school records during the season in the 100m, 200m, 110m hurdles, 4x100m relays and 4x200m relays. The men’s 4×100 meter relay team medaled for the first time ever at a Mid-Eastern Athletic Outdoor T&F Championships and at the NCAA East Preliminaries the quartet set a program record at 39.83 seconds. Sophomore Steven Thomas was named Most Outstanding Field Performer for the second consecutive season with a total of 26 points at the MEAC Championships. Thomas won the hammer throw along with a pair of second-place finishes in the discus and shot put. His 52.31 meters in the hammer was a conference outdoor championship record.
During the 2017 indoor season freshman Joseph Amoah set a new school record, a record in his native country (Ghana) and ECAC/IC4A indoor meet record in the 200 meter event (20.80). At the MEAC Championships, sophomore Steven Thomas won the weight throw (17.73m) for the second consecutive year.
In 2016, Shane Green earned second team All-American honors placing 14th in the men’s triple jump (15.69m) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Green won the 2016 ECAC/IC4A crown in triple jump. At the 2016 MEAC Championships, the Eagles had four named to the All-MEAC Team and an individual champion in Steven Thomas. Thomas was awarded the 2016 MEAC Men’s Outdoor Outstanding Field Performer after winning the discus event, finishing second in the hammer throw, and fifth overall in the shot put events tallying 22 points in the meet. Green medaled in the men’s triple jump finals placing second overall while Ronaldo Ball was second in the 1500 meter finals.
The Baltimore, MD native he has helped the men’s and women’s cross country programs win seven Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference crowns, and the women’s track program claimed indoor and outdoor league titles in 1996.
Coppin State also produced four All-Americans on the track in the 800 during that time.
Since he took over the reins as head coach, the men’s squad has set 22 school records on the track and produced 14 conference champions.
He also guided the Eagles’ 4 x 800 relay team to the College Division Championship at the 2001 Penn Relays.
Hicks served as head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs his first two years at the helm before concentrating his efforts solely on the men’s squad in 2002.
Prior to becoming a full-time coach, Hicks worked several years as a program analyst for the Maryland Department of Human Resources.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1993 from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he set school records in the 800 and 1000 and as a member of the 4 x 400 relay team.
During his career with the Hawks, he claimed two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 800-meter titles and qualified for the NCAA Championships three times.
A former standout at Northwestern High School in Baltimore, he was a qualifier for the United States Indoor Championships in the half mile in 1994.