Coach Mike Ricks begins his second season as women’s basketball head coach at the University of St. Thomas looking to improve on last year’s 8-22 record. Ricks and the Celts are determined to continue building a program that can compete for a conference championship and an appearance in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tournament.
Ricks started at UST as an assistant coach with the men’s basketball program for two seasons.
Before coming to UST, he spent the majority of his career at Northeast Christian Academy in Kingwood, Texas. No stranger to success in coaching, Ricks has coached teams to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools State Basketball Tournament four times and has been a part of three state championship teams.
During the 2008-2009 season, Ricks served as NCA’s athletic director and boys’ basketball head coach where he led the Warriors to a 30-10 record and a TAPPS AA State Championship. The win was the school’s fourth title and Ricks’ first as a head coach. Ricks also hit a milestone with 100 wins as a high school varsity coach during that season.
From 2004-2007, Ricks was the girls’ varsity basketball coach at NCA. During his three years as head coach, the team was a remarkable 81-34 which included a state runner-up finish in 2007.
From 2002-2004, Ricks was an assistant and junior varsity coach with the NCA boys’ basketball team. During that time, he assisted with two state championship teams.
Ricks also spent the 2007-2008 season as the girls’ junior varsity basketball coach at Spring High School in Spring, Texas.
Ricks has been recognized by numerous organizations for his accomplishments at NCA. Following the 2008-2009 season, Ricks was named TAPPS 10-AA Coach of the Year. In May 2009, Ricks was honored by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as a State Champion Coach. He was also selected to coach the TAPPS Blue South All-Star Team in June of 2009.
In 2007, Ricks was named to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” Ricks also brings AAU coaching experience to UST having coached with the Project Hoops and Northeast Flight programs.
Ricks had an article published in Winning Hoops Magazine and authored a DVD with Championship Productions entitled “The Complete 4-1 Zone Defense.” In July 2009, Ricks was a featured speaker at the 2nd Annual Texas Private School Coaches Association Convention in Austin, Texas.
Ricks received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 2004. He is currently working on his Master’s in Business Administration in Educational Administration through LeTourneau University, which he will complete in December 2012.
Ricks lives in Kingwood, Texas with his wife Dana and her children, Matt and Claire.