VHSL Hall of Famer, former Pulaski Co. football coach Hicks dies

Credit: @Shaynegraham17/Twitter
Credit: @Shaynegraham17/Twitter(Credit: @Shaynegraham17/Twitter)
Published: Mar. 4, 2023 at 4:05 PM EST
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(WDBJ) - Legendary local high school football coach Joel Hicks has died, according to the Pulaski Co. Cougars on Twitter. Hicks was inducted into the VHSL Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016.

Former NFL and Virginia Tech player Shayne Graham also spoke on the legacy of Hicks Saturday on Twitter, adding “I was so blessed to have not only known but had a deep relationship with Coach. I’m so glad that I had many years to have been able to play golf, visit, have beers, to just talk about old stories.”

Hicks won 210 games during his 24 years at Pulaski County. His team won the 1992 Division 6 state title, and had three state runner-up finishes. Hicks also won three state coach of the year awards.

The Cougars’ football stadium is named after him.

Hicks both played and coached at West Virginia University.