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Maj Dan Hicks is named 2010 Greco-Roman Coach of the Year
Gary Abott USA Wrestling

Dan HicksDan Hicks (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps) has been named 2010 Greco-Roman Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling. It is the first time in his career that Hicks has won this prestigious honor.

Hicks was a coach for the 2010 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team Coach, which placed 13th in the 2010 World Championships, with two athletes placing fifth.

Hicks also served as an assistant coach of CISM World Military Team which competed in the CISM World Championships in Lahti, Finland and placed ninth in the combined team standings.

Hicks serves as the head coach of the U.S. Marine Corps wrestling team, which is stationed in Camp LeJeune, N.C. He has served as head coach of the All-Marine wrestling team since 2004.

The U.S. Marine Corps had five athletes earn Senior All-American status in 2010. Hicks has coached a number of Greco-Roman Team USA members during his years as the coach of the U.S. Marine Corps. His teams have placed second in the Armed Forces Championships every year since 2004.

He also served as a coach for the 2007 Pan American Games team, which competed in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The U.S. won six medals, including gold medals from Harry Lester, Brad Vering and Justin Ruiz. Hicks was also a member of the 2006 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team coaching staff.

Hicks has served as assistant coach for the U.S. CISM World Military Championships team three times. He coached the 2007 U.S. CISM team which competed in the CISM Games in Hyderabad, India. He also coached the 2008 U.S. CISM team which competed in Split, Croatia.

He has coached numerous U.S. teams in international competition, leading teams which have competed in Sweden, Finland, France, Poland, Serbia and Greece.

Hicks holds a rank of Major with the U.S. Marine Corps. He has served overseas with the U.S. Marine Corps fleet during his military career.

As an athlete, Hicks was a successful international wrestler competing for the U.S. Marine Corps. He qualified for five Greco-Roman national teams, and was second in the 1998 World Team Trials. He was a placewinner in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials three times (1996, 2000, 2004).

Hicks was second in the 1999 U.S. Senior Nationals, and placed third in the national championships three times (1997, 2002, 2004). He was a 1996 World Cup bronze medalist.

Hicks was a five-time Armed Forces Greco-Roman champion during his career. In 2000, he won a bronze medal at the CISM Military World Championships, and in 1999, he placed fourth in the CISM Military World Games.

He was also successful in freestyle during his career, winning the University Nationals title in freestyle two times and capturing three Armed Forces freestyle titles.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He placed fifth in the 1994 NCAA Championships and was a four-time NCAA qualifier.

Hicks is originally from Vinita, Okla., where he was a three-time Oklahoma high school state champion and was also an all-state performer in football.