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Updated: 08/12/2017 08:30:00AM

More than just a coach

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Don Hickman has coached just about every sport but diving. He has guided both teams and individuals to district, regional and state championships. Here his passion shows as he coaches the offensive line.

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The late Lucy Derkman and Don Hickman, shown here, formed the first girl's softball league. Both were respected coaches. Derkman retired as the former Avon Park Sun's sports editor. She was the first female sports editor in the state of Florida.

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Don Hickman has spent 40 years coaching and teaching the young of Avon Park. When people say, "He bleeds red," they mean Red Devil red.

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Don Hickman coached the offensive line at Avon Park High School in the late '80s. The team won back to back championships.

By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY

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AVON PARK — Everyone fortunate enough to have attended school remembers an outstanding teacher or coach. Few will be lucky enough to remember Avon Park High School’s coach Don Hickman.

For over four decades, Hickman touched the lives of young athletes in sports, ranging from football, wrestling, track, cross country, softball, tennis and weight lifting. This is over and above teaching physical education, health, shop and six years of special education.

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