Tabor College head football coach Mike Gardner has selected Billy Hickman, a standout former player and senior team captain, to help rebuild the Bluejays? football program.
Hickman, 25, will serve as offensive coordinator and hit the recruiting trail immediately to help Gardner attract outstanding student-athletes to the program. For the past two seasons, Hickman was an assistant coach at Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, Colo., which used a spread-offense style of attack.
?Billy Hickman has an outstanding football background,? Gardner said. “He is fine person and I feel he will be an outstanding contributor to our staff. His personality is such that he is going to be able to relate to a variety of different types of people, which will make him an effective recruiter.?
As tight ends coach at CSM this past season, Hickman helped with game planning, recruiting and coordinated the team?s conditioning workouts. The Orediggers?NCAA Division II?went 8-3 overall and placed second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. In 2008, Hickman was offensive line coach for an Orediggers team that also posted an 8-3 record. During this time, two of his linemen and one of his tight ends were named to all-conference teams.
According to Gardner, Hickman has a knack for knowing how to get the most from his players.
?Billy knows the playbook, but more importantly, he knows how to put players in the best position to be successful,? Gardner said.
?We will be using a lot of different offensive sets next season, and he will help us put our personnel in positions to be successful.?