Director of Broadcasting
Matt Hicks, a 24-year veteran of minor league baseball broadcasting, is in his eighth season as the primary play-by-play voice of the Hooks in 2012.
Matt came to Corpus Christi from El Paso, Texas, where for 10 years he broadcasted games for the El Paso Diablos when that franchise competed in the Texas League.
Prior to his tenure in El Paso, Hicks worked for six seasons as the play-by-play voice of the Frederick Keys in the Advanced-A Carolina League. Matt's professional broadcasting background also includes extensive college basketball play-by-play at the Division I level with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Mount St. Mary's (MD) College, James Madison (VA) University, the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University.
Hicks also worked as the play-by-play announcer for the El Paso Buzzards professional ice hockey team during that club's inaugural season. In the fall, he can also be heard calling high school football action on the CCISD Game of the Week as carried by the Texas Sports Radio Network.
Since moving to Corpus Christi, Matt has also served as the television play-by-play voice of Hooks games on Fox Sports Southwest's coverage of the Astros Minor League Game of the Week (2007-09), working primarily with color analyst Larry Dierker.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Matt was the only minor league announcer listed in Baseball America's special reader's survey of favorite baseball broadcasters around the country, published in March of 1997. A "Radio Sportscaster of the Year" winner in El Paso, Hicks also received favorable reviews by columnists in both The Baltimore Evening Sun and The Washington Post. Hicks can also be seen in the film "Major League II" as an extra in scenes featuring Bob Uecker, a.k.a. "Harry Doyle."
Off the air, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and serves in the area as a chess instructor, a basketball referee and a timer at swim meets. It is rumored that Hicks wakes up exceedingly early on certain weekends to watch Barclay's Premier League matches live from England, especially if Arsenal are on the pitch.