Tom Hickman was a very successful track and field coach at Cape Henlopen High School, taking the Vikings to Division II championships in 1971, ’72, ’73 and ’75. He helped launch the program at the newly consolidated school in 1970 and coached for five years. Hickman remained involved as an assistant coach, and Cape had another three-season run from 1983-85, in which the team did not lose a dual meet.
On May 15, the Delaware sports community will honor him as he is inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.
He is noted for awarding medals from the trunk of his car.
Hickman excelled in both soccer and track at West Chester State College before and after his Army service. During his military service, he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and received two purple hearts, two bronze stars and a silver star.
He was voted into the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2012, the 90-year-old became just the fifth coach recognized in the ring of honor at Cape Henlopen’s Legends Field.