Hall of Fame

Troy “Arlis” Ricks, Class of 1939

Induction Class of 1999
Basketball

Troy Ricks has been named to the Sports Hall of Fame at every college he attended or coached. Ricks played point guard at Sunflower Junior College and helped the Trojans win back-to-back State Championships. He was named to the All State Team his sophomore year. He also helped the Trojans win the Mississippi Valley Conference Championship both years.

Arlis played point guard at Delta State for two years and helped the Statesmen finish 3rd in the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament in 1940. He was selected to the NAIB All Tournament Team in 1940 and 1941and led all guards in scoring averaging 21 points per game. He was selected as an All American at the national tournament and inducted into the DSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1973.

After serving in WWII, Ricks began his coaching career at Saltillo High in 1946. His team finished 23-3 and competed in the State Tournament. The next two years he coached at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College where his teams went 55-2 and won the State Championship each year. From 1949-1951 he was Principal and coach at Raymond High where his teams went 40-3.

Troy Arlis Ricks settled at Hinds Junior College for the next 19 years as Head Basketball Coach. His Eagles consistently won South Division titles and in 1967 the won Hind’s first ever State Championship. His record at Hinds was 323-148 giving him a lifetime record of 441 wins and 156 losses. He also coached baseball at Hinds and in 1957 led the Eagles to the State Championship with a 9-1 record.

Besides DSU and MDCC, Ricks has been inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Co-Lin and Hinds and received Distinguished Service Award from the Mississippi Association of Coaches in 1970.

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