Longtime assistant football coach and head hockey coach Bo Hickey passed away on Tuesday morning February 28, 2023. May he rest in peace.
Thomas Henry “Bo” Hickey was born on October 7, 1945, and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He attended Stamford Catholic High School, where he played basketball, football, baseball, and ran track.
Hickey was named All-Fairfield County and All-State in football as a senior. During his college career period, he spent two seasons at the University of Maryland, sitting out his freshman year as freshmen were ineligible to play varsity sports at the time.
Bo became the Terrapins’ starting running back as a sophomore. He was named second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference after leading their team with 894 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns while catching 11 passes for 94 yards.
The star was academically ineligible to return to Maryland for his junior season. After failing out of Maryland, he signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
Hickey played in several exhibition games in 1965 but didn’t make the team. He was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers of the minor league Continental Football League, where he was coached by Stamford native and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andy Robustelli.
They finished sixth in the league with 551 rushing yards on 135 carries along with eight touchdowns.
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Thomas Bo Hickey passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 77, leaving behind a legacy to all who knew, worked with, and played for him.
Bo was selected in the 14th round of the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was cut by the Cardinals during training camp.
The player was signed by the Denver Broncos on September 9, 1967. Hickey played in 12 games for the Broncos, rushing 73 times for 263 yards and four touchdowns while catching seven passes for 36 yards and another touchdown before breaking his foot late in the season against the NY Jets.
He was released by the Broncos on July 23, 1968, after failing his physical. After his release, the star returned to minor league football and played 3 seasons for the Westchester (and later Long Island) Bulls of the Atlantic Coast Football League.
After retiring from football Bo became an assistant football coach at Staples High School. He then joined the coaching staff at New Canaan High School.
He also became the school’s head ice hockey coach, holding the position for 20 years. The legendary coach worked as the superintendent of Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan, Connecticut for almost 34 years until his retirement in 2015.
Shortly after the sad news of Bo Hickey’s death was revealed, his friends and fans quickly flooded social media with tribute messages. Many heartbroken fans also took to Twitter to pay touching tributes to him.
“You’ve got this giant, rough, gruff guy, and underneath all of it, he was a teddy bear. He was nurturing and caring. Things he did innately people don’t learn in any coaching course. He just did it,” Iovino said.
“He saw things in kids a number of times when I wasn’t sure,” Lou Marinelli said. “He’d say ‘give me time, he’ll come around’, And he was almost always right. That was one of his really strong points — his ability to figure a kid out and get the most out of them.”
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