Forsyth will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a community-wide event honoring the legacy of Dr. King. on the Courthouse square at 12 noon on Monday, Jan. 17. Jesse Hicks, Head Football Coach of Baldwin High School will be the keynote speaker. All are invited to share in this event.
Due to COVID-19 cases continuing to increase, Forsyth’s traditional Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will be adapted for safety as it was last year. The celebration committee, chaired by James Hogan, decided it best to forego the community march from the square to Kynette United Methodist Church and the program at Kynette UMC that has brought standing-room-only crowds and is usually followed by a fellowship meal.
Coach Jesse C. Hicks is a native of Augusta and a 1990 graduate of Glenn Hills High School. As a student athlete with the Spartans, he was an all-area, all-region, team captain and team defensive MVP.
Attending Albany State University on a full athletic scholarship, he was a team captain and won three S.I.A.C. football championships. He received his BS degree in Health and Physical Education, and was voted president of the health and physical department his senior year by his peers. Hicks went on to earn his Master Degree in Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, Ca.
Hicks taught PE and coached several sports at Glenn Hills High School for three years then became linebacker coach and special team coordinator at Albany State University, working with his mentor Coach James Mike White.
After three seasons at ASU, Baldwin County School System named Hicks head football coach and athletic director. Under his leadership the Braves have had over 123 wins,168 athletes signing football scholarships, three region championships, one state football Dome appearance and a 100 percent graduate rate out of his players.
From 2010-2017 Hicks coached at some other schools before returning to Baldwin County, including a tenure at Central High School in Macon from 2015-17. He is the former leader of the Lundy Chapel Men’s Ministry in Macon.
He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and is the founder of One Helmet At A Time, LLC. He has been married to the former Ebon L. Rice for 22 years and they have two children, Taylor, 22, and Jeremiah, 20.
Hicks says his ultimate work, rather than winning football games, is to speak truth into his players lives and guide each of his players to become a great father, husband and neighbor.