South Florence High mourns sudden loss of coach Hickson

South Florence High mourns sudden loss of coach Hickson

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - South Florence High School mourns the loss of one of their coaches who was hit and killed along I-95 on Sunday evening.

38 year-old, Michelle Hickson got out of her car after the accident and was hit by another car. Her body landed in Lake Marion and search teams found it yesterday.

Shock and awe are still settling in for many when it comes to hearing about what happened to their friend. Angel Briggs knew Hickson since she was young and went to school with her at South Florence High. She was Hickson's Assistant Coach for the past four years. "When I got the phone call from her family member, words, there were no words," said Briggs.

Briggs says it won't be the same coaching without Michelle right next to her. Hickson graduated in 1996 and moved on to coach the varsity girls volleyball team and JV girls basketball team. Twenty years later, South Florence High was still where she called home.

Carol Hill, Principal of South Florence High School says, “Michelle would come into this gym with the same energy she had when she was a student. I think it was the sound of the basketball hitting the floor, the volleyball crossing the net, it was just she lived for those moments. She believed in the value of a good person, she believed in hard work. She would complement the students and criticize them and they took it because they knew she had walked every step they could possibly step in life, including these very same hallways. She was an inspiration.”

South Florence senior and athlete, Quiana Hodge, looked up to Hickson as more than just a coach. Hickson told her one day she will play college ball and she is. "She was always one to say keep your head up, keep pushing, so now I feel like who is going to be there to tell me keep pushing, but just knowing I will have her spiritually now to keep me up always," said Hodge.

Hickson is leaving behind her eight year old daughter, Aniah. Click here for the gofundme memorial fund set up in her honor.

Briggs says,"Only thing we can do is take it one day at a time and think what would Michelle do, what would Michelle say."

Out of respect for the family, all South Florence High basketball games are cancelled for the rest of the week. There are plans to have the funeral service at South Florence High this Saturday.

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