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Bill Hicks (born May 16, 1940) is a former American football player and coach. He was the 15th head football at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, serving for four seasons, from 1982 to 1985, and compiling a record of 8–29–3.[1] As a player, Hicks was an All-Southwest Conference center at Baylor University in 1961, and was named to the Baylor All-Decade team of the 1960s. Hick began his coaching career as an assistant at Texas College of Arts and Industries—now known as Texas A&M University–Kingsville and West Virginia University.[2][3] He returned to the Baylor to coach in 1969 and spent over a decade there as a defensive assistant. He was elected to the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.[4] After leaving Howard Payne, he spent three years on the defensive staff at the University of Texas at Austin.[4][5] He then coached at the high school level in Texas, retiring in 2013.[4]

Bill Hicks
Biographical details
Born (1940-05-16) May 16, 1940 (age 79)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1964–1965Texas A&I (line)
1966–1968West Virginia (DL)
1969–1981Baylor (defensive assistant)
1982–1985Howard Payne
1986–1988Texas (defensive assistant)
Head coaching record

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Howard Payne Yellow Jackets (Lone Star Conference) (1982–1985)
1982 Howard Payne 3–7 1–6 T–7th
1983 Howard Payne 2–8 1–6 T–7th
1984 Howard Payne 1–8–1 0–4 5th
1985 Howard Payne 2–6–2 0–5 6th
Howard Payne: 8–29–3 2–21
Total: 8–29–3


  1. ^ Howard Payne University coaching records Archived September 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Bill Hicks Joins Baylor Staff". El Paso Times. El Paso, Texas. Associated Press. January 1, 1969. p. 10. Retrieved August 18, 2019 – via  .
  3. ^ "Hicks hired at Howard Payne". The Marshall News Messenger. Marshall, Texas. Associated Press. December 18, 1981. p. 11. Retrieved August 18, 2019 – via  .
  4. ^ a b c Hill, Jerry (October 17, 2017). "Hall of Fame 2017 Spotlight: Bill Hicks".
  5. ^ "In Brief : Texas Football Coach Fires 2 Aides". Los Angeles Times. January 23, 1989.