Andrew Hickey will take over as head coach of the Holland College Hurricanes football team this season.
“I’m very pleased to take on the role of head coach, and I’m looking forward to working with the returning coaches as well as a couple of new ones,” Hickey said. “I’m exciting about the upcoming season.”
He served as offensive co-ordinator under Mark MacDougall, who led the program to three finals and two AFL titles in the past three years. MacDougall, who was last year’s Hurricanes coach of the year, will serve as assistant coach and defensive co-ordinator this season. The rest of the 2014 Hurricanes staff will be announced soon.
“Coach MacDougall has made a huge contribution to the growth and success of our football program and has dedicated a great deal of time and energy to the team’s development,” said president Mike O’Grady. “We are very pleased that he will continue to play a key role.”
Hickey played for the Fredericton High School Black Kats, spent a year at Mount Allison University as a quarterback and special teams player before transferring to the University of Waterloo for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. At Waterloo, he played under longtime CFL player and coach Joe Paopao. Following the suspension of the Waterloo football program, Hickey switched to St. F.X. to complete his final three years of eligibility.
While at St. F.X., he made starts as a quarterback, running back and fullback before settling in as a receiver for his final season in 2012
Hickey graduated from the kinesiology program at Waterloo in 2011 and the bachelor of education program at St. F.X. in 2013.