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March 11, 2011
What I Hear: Jesuit names new football coach
Offensive coordinator Brandon Hickman has been named new head football coach at Jesuit College Preparatory in Dallas.
Jesuit had more than 100 applicants and narrowed to 12 before deciding on Hickman.
"Having worked with Brandon for several years, I am convinced that he uniquely combines a dedication and knowledge of football with an understanding of the mission of the school," Jesuit athletic director Steve Koch said.
Hickman played on the offensive line at TCU during the 1993 and 1994 seasons, where he was received the "Most Conscientious Player Award" and helped bring the team a Southwest Conference Championship in his second season.
His coaching career began at TCU, where he served as a student coach in 1995, then went on to include stops at North Garland and Richardson Pearce.
Hickman is known for treating players with respect and instilling discipline and has long been thought the logical successor to retiring coach Bob Wunderlick, who guided Jesuit's successful transition from private school competition into UIL Class 5A competition.
"I am especially pleased to have this opportunity to build upon the strong foundation at Jesuit, where the strong community and work ethic of the players are evident," Hickman said. "I appreciate the unity of the coaches, faculty, staff and parents behind the mission of the school, which is the formation of men for others. My family and I feel blessed to be part of this community."
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