Troy Arlis Ricks

Born: January 23, 1920

Died: January 13, 2010

Hometown: Wheeler, MS

Year of Induction: 2007


High School Career

Wheeler High School (1933-1937)

• All Tournament in every tournament in which he played

• MVP in several tournaments

• MVP for Prentiss County (’33)


College Career

Sunflower Junior College, Morehead, MS (1937-1939)

• Led team to two consecutive State JUCO Championships and MS Valley Conference Championships

• Named All State & MVP two consecutive years (’38, ‘39)

Delta State Teacher’s College (1939-1941)

• Third place national finish in the NAIB Tournament (’40)

• Two-time NAIB All American (’40, ‘41)

• Two-time NAIB All Tournament team (’40, ‘41)

• Led all guards in scoring average with 22 ppg


Military Service

U.S. Army (1943-1946)

• Played service basketball in South Pacific

• Led Tupelo Legionnaires (AAU) to national quarterfinals


Professional Career

• Union Wire Rope, Kansas City, Missouri (1941-1942)

• Signed contract with the Sheboygan Redskins (which eventually became part of the NBA), but was drafted into U.S. Army


Coaching Career

Saltillo High School, basketball coach (1946-1947)

• Coached team to 23-3 record and 1947 state championship

Copiah-Lincoln Junior College, Head basketball coach (1947-1949)

• Two consecutive state JUCO Championships with 55-2 team record

Raymond High School, Head basketball & football coach, principal (1949-1951)

• Overall high school coaching record: 54-4

• Coached football team to state championship game

Hinds Junior College, basketball & baseball coach (1951-1970)

• State JUCO baseball title (’57)

• Overall Career coaching record: 441-156; 73% winning percentage

• MS JUCO Final Four 8 of his last 10 years in coaching

• First state JUCO title in school history (’67)

• Appearance in national JUCO tournament (’67)

• Led team to MS JUCO South Division championships


Special Recognition

• Distinguished Service Award, MS Coaches Association (’70)

• Troy Ricks’ scholarship established at Hinds CC (‘99)


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Delta State Athletic Hall of Fame (1973)

• Hinds CC Athletic Hall of Fame (1992)

• Copiah-Lincoln CC Athletic Hall of Fame (1995)

• Charter member of MS Delta CC Athletic Hall of fame (1999)

• Delta State Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame (2002)

• Mississippi Community College Hall of Fame (2007)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2007)


Did You Know?

Ricks was a WWII veteran who emerged from his three years of wartime service in the Pacific Theatre with the rank of Captain, a Bronze Star, a Presidential Citation and two Purple Hearts.