East Lansing, Mich. — – Michigan State volleyball coach Cathy George has announced the addition of Jeffery Hicks as a technical and video coordinator with the Spartan volleyball program.

“We are very excited about adding Jeffery to our staff,” said George. “ His experience with high-level analytics and scouting for USA Volleyball at the national and international level will have an immediate impact on our planning, teaching, and preparation. We’re thrilled that he is coming aboard and think he will be a valuable contributor to our program.”

Hicks has been involved with the USA Volleyball Women’s National Sitting Team for the last five years, serving as the team’s technical coordinator and business management assistant. He produces live statistics and analysis, creates detailed pre-match and in-game strategies utilizing analytics, and is greatly involved with scouting and generating video analysis for athlete development. He will be accompanying the sitting team to the Netherlands in July for the 2018 World Championships and has won gold medals with the sitting team in 2015 at the Para PanAm Games in Toronto, and in 2016 at the International Cup. The Women’s National Sitting Team achieved gold in 2016 at Rio Paralympic Games and now sit at #1 in the world after this historic win.

Previously based in Atlanta, he worked with the Emory University women’s program in the fall of 2017, helping the No. 2-seeded Eagles to an Elite Eight appearance a year ago. Other collegiate stops included at Mississippi State (2013) where he had a role in operations in addition to statistical analysis, and at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina (2012-13) where he was an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs and seeing the men’s team to a Conference Carolina’s Championship.

A graduate of Mercer University in 2012 with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Business Management, he currently sits on the Sports Marketing and Analytics Advisory Board at his alma mater.

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