The USC Upstate Athletics Department offers its deepest condolences to the family of former student-athlete Michelle Hickson who passed away in a car accident Sunday night.
Hickson was currently serving as the girls’ volleyball and junior varsity head coach, and assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach at her alma mater, South Florence High School, in Florence, S.C.
Hickson attended Upstate from 1998-01 where she was a member of both the women’s basketball and softball teams for the then-Lady Rifles. She played basketball from 1998-00 and softball from 2000-01.
The Florence, S.C. native appeared in 51 games for the Lady Rifles basketball team under former coaches Carmen Nelon and Gene Hill. Hickson averaged 5.6 points per game during her Upstate career and added 3.4 rebounds per contest. On the softball field, she hit .309 in 2001 and went 30-for-33 in stolen bases, ranking her 11th in program history for most steals in a season. She played for current Upstate head softball coach Chris Hawkins.
“Michelle was a valuable member of our softball team for two seasons,” said Hawkins. “She was always full of life and a joy to have on our team. I really enjoyed coaching Michelle and will miss her.”
Hickson transferred to Upstate after spending two seasons at nearby Spartanburg Methodist College. She was named to the All-Region X Team and All-Region X Tournament Team in 1997-98. Hickson was an All-State performer as a sophomore, junior and senior at South Florence High School. She lettered in volleyball, soccer, softball and basketball.