Coach Darrin Hicks has been a journeyman football coach that has worked at Division III, Division II & FCS levels. He’s been building a program in Weirton, West Virginia in a very creative manner at Weirton Madonna High School. Darrin’s experience is vast and he’s been a coordinator on both sides of the ball at the collegiate level. A devout Christian, he’s successfully applied his methodology to his players at a small Catholic high school in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
I believe you will also gain insight from his “out of the box” strategies in how he’s made progress in creating a balance in his life on and off the gridiron.
Enjoy this episode!
2:53 What inspired Coach Hicks to get into coaching football?
7:00 Darrin shares insights regarding switching from offensive coordinator to defensive coordinator at the collegiate level.
11:52 Darrin’s experience working with Dave Aranda at California Lutheran.
16:22 Dealing with staff dynamics and personalities of other coaches.
20:30 Darrin’s non-negotiables in taking a job.
26:30 The process of creating a turnaround.
32:45 Building a competitive environment within a football program.
41:00 Balancing life on and off the field.
42:40 Rituals and routines that Darrin uses to start his workday.
52:02 Dealing with negativity and the “monkey mind”.
56:25 Darrin’s influences outside the world of football.