In the fall of 2019, Craig Hicks begins his 18th year at Denison University. From 2002 through 2016 he served as the department's Sports Information Director. This fall marks his fourth year as Assistant Athletic Director for Communications.
Hicks coordinates the day-to-day publicity of Denison's 23 varsity sports while serving as the primary media contact for Denison athletics. Since his arrival in the fall of 2002, he has guided the department through four complete website redesigns, highlighted by the most recent update in 2016. In addition, Hicks has assisted Denison in hosting numerous North Coast Athletic Conference and NCAA Championship events as well as the publicity surrounding Denison's men's swimming and diving national championship in 2011, 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
In May of 2018, Hicks was named the winner of the NCAA Division III and D3SIDA Recognition Award for his work for his story titled: "Denison All-American Hannah Rusinko refuses to let Tourette's define her".
Hicks is a four-time district winner of CoSIDA's Fred Stabley, Jr. Writing Contest. In the spring of 2016, Hicks' feature story announcing the induction of Denison alumni Grant Jones into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame was selected as the top general feature. In 2017, his game recap detailing the Denison men's basketball conference championship in 2016 was selected as the best "event coverage" piece of that academic year and in 2018, he garnered the award for best "season preview/recap" for his week one football preview entitled "Game of Throws: Denison vs. Southwestern." His most recent Stabley Award came in 2019 when his recap surrounding Denison men's swimming & diving's 2018 national championship was selected as the top "recap with video" in the district.
In 2017 he began a two-year term as the Region 3 representative on the D3SIDA (Division III Sports Information Directors of America) Board of Directors. D3SIDA was created to provide a voice for its membership, facilitate dialogue, improve working conditions, enhance and develop partnerships with allied organizations such as the NCAA, and to help members deal with issues that impact the profession, particularly those that uniquely affect Division III.
In 2008, Hicks oversaw the creation of the Denison Sports Network, organizing and training a team of student broadcasters to provide live audio and video play-by-play over the Denison athletics website. Hicks has also had the opportunity to nominate and promote 63 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and 14 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars since 2002-03, helping Denison rank among the national leaders in these two prestigious categories.
In 2011, he led a committee that developed a visual identity guide for the athletic department. The development of social media has also been a focal point under Hicks, as Denison's Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages have gained popularity among fans since its inception in 2009.
A native of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Hicks came to Denison after spending two years as the Graduate Assistant in Sports Information at Ashland University.
As an assistant at Ashland, Hicks was involved in the daily operation of the Eagles' 20-sport Division II athletic program. He authored media guides for various sports, traveled with the men's and women's basketball teams and served as the primary media contact during Ashland's run to the 2002 Division II Baseball World Series in Montgomery, Alabama.
Hicks received his Bachelor of Science from Ashland University in 1999 and graduated with majors in journalism/English and sports communication. In May of 2002, he received his Master of Science in Sports Education, also from Ashland University.
In between his undergraduate and graduate years, Hicks spent 1999-2000 as an intern in the athletic ticketing office at the University of Notre Dame. He has also served internships with the Cleveland Indians AA affiliate, Akron Aeros (now Akron Rubber Ducks) and the Ashland University Public Relations office.
He is an active member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) currently serving as Vice Chair for the Google Cloud Academic All-America committee. He has previous appointments with CoSIDA included national and district coordinator positions with the Google Cloud Academic All-America committee, a two-year stint as Operations Coordinator, as well as a three-year stint on the Academic All-America New Media committee.
Hicks and his wife, Amy, reside in nearby Pataskala with their two rescue dogs, Kira and Zeus.