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Bill Hicks (born May 16, 1940) is a former American football coach and player who was the 15th head football coach for the Howard Payne University Yellow Jackets located in Brownwood, Texas, a position he held for three seasons, from 1982 until 1984. His career coaching record at Howard Payne was 6–23–1.[1] As a player, Hicks was an all-conference center at Baylor in 1961, and was named to the Baylor All-Decade team of the 1960s. He returned to the school to coach, and spent over a decade there as a defensive assistant. He was elected to the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.[2] After leaving Howard Payne in 1984, he spent four years on the defensive staff at the University of Texas at Austin.[2][3] He spent the last years of his career coaching at the high school level in Texas, retiring in 2013.[2]

Bill Hicks
Biographical details
Born (1940-05-16) May 16, 1940 (age 78)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969–1981Baylor (defensive assistant)
1982–1984Howard Payne
1985–1988Texas (defensive assistant)
Head coaching record


  1. ^ Howard Payne University coaching records Archived 2008-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Hill, Jerry (October 17, 2017). "Hall of Fame 2017 Spotlight: Bill Hicks".
  3. ^ "In Brief : Texas Football Coach Fires 2 Aides". Los Angeles Times. January 23, 1989.