Former football star to coach PHS program

Former Portland High School football star Hunter Hicks is coming back home to coach.

Hicks, a 2001 graduate of PHS and captain of the 2000 Class AAA state football championship team, was recently named head coach at Portland East replacing Wes Inman who resigned to take an assistant position at the high school.

Hicks has had two stints at Mt. Juliet as an assistant coach and was head coach at White House Heritage for three seasons. Hicks also coached at Portland and was head coach of the freshmen team in 2008.

"I'm excited," Hicks said last week. "I knew Portland East needed a coach and I contacted Mr. Howell and told him I was interested in the job. A few weeks later, I contacted him again and we sit up an interview and talked and a few days later, he offered me the job."

Hicks played for Roger Perry and coached with him on two different occasions and also spent time on Pat Brown's staff at White House Heritage.

According to Hicks, he saw the head coaching position from two different perspectives.

"Coach Perry was consistent with everything on and off the football field," Hicks explained. "Coach Brown was more laid back and not so caught up with things."

Hicks, who stared he also learned a lot from his two middle school coaches Buddy Frey and Don Curry, will employ the Wing-T offense.

Hicks is looking forward to the opportunity to coach at Portland East and his philosophy will be simple.

"I want the kids to be humble and concentrate on football," Hicks pointed out. "I want the kids to be hungry and be excited about going to the next level."

Hicks will keep Curtis Rogan on the staff as an assistant and is looking for a couple of more to help during the 2019 camapign.

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