John Hicks retires from roles as Niceville football coach, A.D

NICEVILLE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - One of the most coveted high school football jobs in northwest Florida is open for the first time in nearly two decades.

Niceville athletic director and head coach John Hicks is retiring, confirming the decision through a tweet early Friday afternoon.

Hicks thanked coaches, players, teachers, and the community, saying "the Lord led me into coaching and now he is leading me out. Looking forward to what is next."

In 18 seasons at the helm of the Eagles, Hicks compiled a 154-57 record, a .729 winning percentage with two state championship appearances, four final fours, and 11 district titles.

Niceville never missed the playoffs under Hicks' guidance.

In 39 years of coaching, he also won titles as an assistant at Port St. Joe in 1984 and Niceville in 1988.

Hicks is 62 years old.