Julius Hicks, who starred at West Valley College and later returned as an assistant coach, has been reunited with Coach Bob Burton at Cal State Fullerton where he is in his fourth season as an assistant coach.
Working with the interior players and recruiting are the main areas of responsibility for Hicks, an imposing figure at a solid 6-foot-8.
Hicks was an assistant in 2007-08 at Pepperdine, where Vance Walberg resigned midway through the season. Hicks previously was director of basketball operations under Coach Trent Johnson at Stanford (2006-07) after two California JC Final Eight seasons (2004-05 and 2005-06) at West Valley under Coach Danny Yoshikawa.
Hicks played for Coach Burton at West Valley in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons. He earned all-state and All-American honors as West Valley went 54-12 in his two seasons and he averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds. He went on to play at Oregon for two injury-plagued seasons (1999-2000 and 2000-01), serving as team captain as a senior. He played two seasons professionally in Switzerland (2001-02) and South Korea and Austria (2002-03).
Hicks is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco. He received his bachelors degree in sociology from Oregon in 2001. He and his wife, Katherine, have three children (Jamie, Corri and Rylie). They reside in Anaheim.