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|William Penn (Philadelphia, Pa), et al
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Girls Head Coach at William Penn (Philadelphia, Pa) 1973-2003, winning 25 league championships in a 31-year span, and before the Philadelphia Public League had joined the state-wide PIAA. From 1983 (the first year of girls track in the indoor PTFCA state meet) through 2003, William Penn won 17 state (all-school) team championships in Hickey's 21-year span.
After retiring from Penn as the school was being closed, Hickey coached at four other Philadelphia schools, including a pair of two-year head coaching stints at Swenson and Paul Robeson high schools, where his teams won two outdoor small school state championships and two indoor (all-school) state championships. Schools where he has been an assistant coach include West Catholic, Swenson and Neuman-Goretti, and those teams have won a total of 5 state small school championships and 6 state indoor (all-school) championships.
Hickey also coached on the club level as founder of the Padukies, which morphed into Klub Keystone which were members of the Eastern Girls Track League, which lasted from the 1960s into the '80s and was a major club team conference serving girls in the pre-Title 9 era.
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|November 1, 2018