DAVIS — Atascadero alum and former Greyhounds football coach Evan Hicks accepted a job to become part of the University of California, Davis coaching staff working as a quality control coordinator on the defensive side of the ball.
Hicks grew up in Paso Robles and graduated from Atascadero High School in 2010. After briefly playing junior college football and calling it quits due to the accumulation of injuries, he returned to the high school that made him and began coaching the junior varsity as their defensive coordinator.
Hicks coached with the JV from 2011-2014 and in 2015 he accepted a job to coach the defensive backs at Moorpark College. He coached at Moorpark for the last three seasons and was promoted to defensive coordinator before the beginning of the 2017 season.
“I will be making sure that the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. I’ll put together a lot of the scouting reports and I’ll do a lot of the input and help with the DB’s a little bit,” he said of his new role.
As for going from the shot caller to an understudy once again, Hicks says, “To me, it is all about the mindset because that was a big jump. I had just got promoted to DC and then deciding to, not necessarily not to do that, but knowing that this was the next step in it. It’s just all about learning and being open-minded and learning multiple ways to do things, the more you know the better off you are.”
The former Greyhound will also have the added bonus of being able to watch his younger brother, Ethan, who will be playing his final season with the Aggies this year after signing with Davis out of AHS in 2015.
“That was a big deal to me, being able to watch more of his games because I’ve only been able to see three in three years,” Hicks said.
Ethan Hicks originally went to Davis as a fullback, but has made the transition to running back and scored two touchdowns for the Aggies last season, a pair of 2-yard receptions one against Portland State and the other coming against Sacramento State.
While Hicks has spent the last several years away from home, he still returns frequently to run a youth flag football league that he began in Atascadero called NFL Atown Flag. The league has already