His father, Jim, fought Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis in 1951 in an exhibition match at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo…the elder Hickey was stationed at Japan's Camp McGill and was one of several Navy servicemen selected to face Louis. In February 2010, was inducted to the Athletics Hall of Fame at his alma mater, University of Texas Pan American, where he was a first-team All-American selection in 1983 after finishing the season 16-2 with a 1.66 ERA…totaled 130.1 IP, 109 SO and only 19 BB…that season helped the Broncos to a school-record 64 wins and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Hickey is the father of two sons, Austin and Cameron, and a daughter, Addison.
Begins his 11th season with the Rays…named to the post on Nov 18, 2006…the Rays had six pitching coaches in their first nine years: Rick Williams (1998-2000), Bill Fischer (2000-01), Jackie Brown (2002), Chris Bosio (2003), Chuck Hernandez (2004-05) and Mike Butcher (2006). Over his 10 seasons as pitching coach (2007-16), the Rays lead the AL in strikeouts (12,636), shutouts (118), WHIP (1.28) and opp avg. (.247) and are 2nd in ERA (3.94). Only four current major league pitching coaches-one in the AL-have been at their post as long: SF Dave Righetti (2000), CWS Don Cooper (2002), SD Darren Balsley (2003) and LAD Rick Honeycutt (2006). Began his career as a major league pitching coach with Houston in July 2004…has been to the postseason six times. The Rays have had at least one pitcher make the All-Star Team in each of the past seven seasons-eight different pitchers, all first-time All-Stars. In 12 full seasons as a major league pitching coach with Houston (2005-06) and Tampa Bay, Hickey has coached 12 different All-Stars: Alex Colome (2016), Chris Archer (2015), Brad Boxberger (2015), David Price (2010-12, 2014), Matt Moore (2013), Fernando Rodney (2012), James Shields (2011), Rafael Soriano (2010), Scott Kazmir (2008), Roy Oswalt (2005-06), Roger Clemens (2005) and Brad Lidge (2006). In 2014, the Rays posted 22 shutouts, which remain the most by an AL team since the 1972 Oakland A's had 23, one year before the DH rule was instituted. Ninety-five pct. of the games during his tenure have been started by pitchers under the age of 30 (1,547 of 1,621). Rays opponents batted .228 in 2012, .234 in 2011 and .234 in 2014…they remain three of the five lowest marks by an AL staff in the DH era. Joined the Rays from Houston, where he spent the previous 16 seasons as a pitching coach, the last two and a half seasons on the major league staff…in each of his two full seasons as major league pitching coach, Houston finished 2nd in the NL in ERA (3.51 in 2005 and 4.08 in 2006)…his 2005 staff, which advanced to the World Series, had three pitchers among the top seven in ERA and yielded the fewest runs and walks in the NL…in 2006 they finished 2nd and 3rd in those categories, and tied the Mets for the most shutouts with 12. Promoted to the major league staff on an interim basis at the 2004 All-Star break, when Phil Garner was named interim manager…that Houston club advanced to the National League Championship Series…he was named full-time pitching coach in November 2004. Joined the Astros from Triple-A New Orleans, where he was in his seventh season as the Zephyrs pitching coach…in 2002 and 2003, his New Orleans staffs led the Pacific Coast League in ERA…his 1998 staff recorded 10 shutouts, as New Orleans claimed their first-ever Triple-A World Series.