Dwayne Hicks: An Inside Look at the Total LAX Coach

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Dwayne Hicks: An Inside Look at the Total LAX Coach

A well-known and highly respected member of the lacrosse world for more than 35 years, Dwayne Hicks has been a part of Total Sports and growing the sport of lacrosse in southeastern Michigan since 2004.

Originally from Freeport, Long Island, Hicks distinguished himself in high school as both an outstanding lacrosse player and wrestler. During his junior and senior years, his talents on the lacrosse field helped his high school teams win the Class A Division title. Upon graduation, he played lacrosse at The University of Notre Dame where he distinguished himself on the field as a defensive midfielder, and defenseman. After four years, Hicks graduated with his degree in industrial design with a concentration in automotive and product design.

Hicks was one of six Americans hired to play and coach in the England Lacrosse Union. In each of his two seasons with the Timperley Rebels, he led his team to the National Championship. He was also given the opportunity to coach several members of Team England in preparation for the World Lacrosse Games. After two seasons, Hicks returned to the United States to pursue professional interests but continued to coach, play club lacrosse, and referee at both the high school and collegiate levels.

During his club playing days, Hicks spent two seasons in Chicago, was a pick-up player in Indianapolis and Cleveland, and then spent four seasons in Detroit with the Motor City LC.

Hicks’ coaching resume includes: Freeport High School on Long Island (NY), St. Joseph’s High School in South Bend (IN), Seaholm High School in Birmingham (MI), the University of Notre Dame, Oakland University (the men’s and women’s teams), Eastern Michigan University, and Michigan State University.

During his five years at Oakland University, Hicks was able to help an unknown program develop into a nationally ranked, highly touted lacrosse team. This included two national championship appearances and one CCLA Championship. In 2006, Hicks moved from Oakland to Eastern Michigan to help build their program. After three seasons with the Eagles and helping them become a Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) play-off contender, Hicks accepted the head coaching position at Michigan State University, one of the top programs in the CCLA. In four years, MSU appeared in four CCLA play-offs, winning one championship (2012) and two runner-ups (2011, 2010). The program was also invited to play in the national champions in three of those four years.

Hicks is also the head coach and director of the Total Lacrosse Train and Play program and Team Total Lacrosse travel team. The travel team travels to various summer tournaments to showcase many of the best high school players from the metro Detroit area.

Through the course of his coaching tenure, Hicks has been named CCLA Coach of the Year on three occasions and the National MCLA Division 1 Coach of the Year in 2011. He is also a Senior Coaches Trainer for US Lacrosse, the governing body of all lacrosse in the United States. As a senior trainer, he is recognized as one of the top fundamentals coaches in the country.

In addition to coaching, Hicks is an award winning creative advertising writer freelancing in the metro Detroit area.