John Abbott College has named veteran basketball coach Mike Hickey as the man who will head the Ladies Islander basketball team. And if all goes according to plan, Hickey will also help reinvent the team.
With more than 35 years coaching experience at the collegiate and university level, Hickey, who hails from Long Island, began his career in 1973 when he coached the Sir Georgian Williams University team to back-to-back appearances at the CIAU National Championships.
And when Sir George and Loyola College merged, Hickey took over and led the Stingers to five national appearances during a 14-year period that included two bronze medals. He was selected Coach-of-the-Year five times.
Hickey worked as an assistant with the women’s Canadian National Team in 1996 when Canada participated in the Atlanta Summer Olympics, and was with the men’s team for two years when they finish sixth in the 1982 FIBA World Championships.
He recalls a time when Abbott’s women’s basketball team was a force to reckoned with.
“When I started coaching women’s basketball in 1975, John Abbott was the dominant women’s basketball team in Canada and I would like to play a part in the rebuilding process,” Hickey said.
Hickey’s career has also included working at Ryerson University, Bishop’s University, Champlain College in Lennoxville, and the University of Manitoba where as an assistant coach he helped the Bison team win two back-to-back national championships.