Jim Hickey (American football)

American football player and coach, basketball player, college athletics administrator (1920-1997)

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Jim Hickey
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Hickey pictured in Yackety Yack 1967, North Carolina yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1920-01-22)January 22, 1920
Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 27, 1997(1997-12-27) (aged 77)
Southern Pines, North Carolina, U.S.
Playing career
1938–1941William & Mary
1940, 1942William & Mary
Position(s)Wingback, tailback (football)
Guard (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1956–1958North Carolina (assistant)
1959–1966North Carolina
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
2 Mason-Dixon (1953–1954)
1 ACC (1963)
ACC Coach of the Year (1963)

James Benton Hickey (January 22, 1920 – December 27, 1997) was an American football and basketball player, coach of football, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Hampden–Sydney College from 1951 to 1955 and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1959 to 1966, compiling a career college football record of 63–56–4. Hickey was the athletic director at the University of Connecticut from 1966 to 1969.

Education and career

Hickey graduated from The College of William & Mary in 1942 and played wingback and tailback on the football team and guard on the basketball team. He was inducted into the William & Mary Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971. He served as a Lieutenant (junior grade) in the United States Navy during World War II. He coached football at Hampden–Sydney College for five years before joining the staff of Jim Tatum at the University of North Carolina in 1956 as an assistant. After Tatum's death in the summer of 1959, he accepted the position of head coach. Hickey was dismissed after the 1966 season and Bill Dooley succeeded him as North Carolina's head coach.


Hickey was the son of William and Cora Hickey. He married Agnes Pauline Small Pardue on November 14, 1976, in Sanford, North Carolina. Hickey is buried in Buffalo Cemetery in Sanford.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Hampden–Sydney Tigers (Mason-Dixon Conference) (1951–1955)
1951 Hampden–Sydney 4–3–2 1–1–2 3rd
1952 Hampden–Sydney 5–3–1 2–1–1 2nd
1953 Hampden–Sydney 5–1–1 3–0–1 1st
1954 Hampden–Sydney 5–3 3–1 1st
1955 Hampden–Sydney 8–1 3–1 2nd
Hampden–Sydney: 27–11–4 12–4–4
North Carolina Tar Heels (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1959–1966)
1959 North Carolina 5–5 5–2 2nd
1960 North Carolina 3–7 2–5 T–6th
1961 North Carolina 5–5 4–3 2nd
1962 North Carolina 3–7 3–4 T–4th
1963 North Carolina 9–2 6–1 T–1st W Gator 19
1964 North Carolina 5–5 4–3 T–3rd
1965 North Carolina 4–6 3–3 T–5th
1966 North Carolina 2–8 1–4 8th
North Carolina: 36–45 28–25
Total: 63–56–4
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