Mike Ricks was hired as Birmingham-Southern's fourth women’s basketball head coach on April 9, 2015.
Ricks led the Panthers to their second consecutive Southern Athletic Association regular season title in just his second year. BSC went 17-11 overall, 10-4 in the league to earn the championship and hosted the tournament for the second year in-a-row. Ricks was named SAA Coach of the Year and saw four named to all-conference teams. Freshman Emilee Olsen marked the second straight Panther to earn SAA Newcomer of the Year and first-team honors.
In his first season at the helm, Ricks took an under .500 program that went 4-10 in Southern Athletic Association play, to its best season in program history and a conference championship. Under Ricks, the Panthers went 25-4, won the conference regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
He was voted SAA Coach of the Year in 2016 and saw four Panthers earn all-conference honors, including Newcomer of the Year Yorisha Bryant. Bryant went on to become a D3hoops.com Second-Team All-Region selection.
Ricks came to BSC after four seasons at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, where he started the women's basketball program after being hired in January 2011. In the 2014-15 season, his Celt team went 16-15, showing steady improvement since the program's inception.
Before taking the helm of the new women's program, Ricks served as assistant coach with the men's team at St. Thomas for two seasons. Prior to his stint at UST, he spent several years coaching at the high school level, going to four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state tournaments and coaching three championship teams. Ricks was athletic director and head boy’s basketball coach at Northeast Christian Academy in Kingwood, Texas, where he led his team to a 30-10 record and the 2009 TAPPS AA state title. Following that season, he was named TAPPS 10-AA Coach of the Year, and in 2009 Ricks was honored by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as a State Champion Coach. He also was selected to coach the TAPPS Blue South All-Star Team in June 2009.
Prior to serving as head boy's coach, Ricks was head girl's basketball Coach at NCA from 2004 to 2007, leading the Warriors to a runner-up finish in the 2007 TAPPS AAA state tournament and amassing a 81-34 record over three seasons. As varsity assistant boy's coach from 2002 to 2004, Ricks also helped coach the Warriors to the 2003 and 2004 TAPPS state titles.
Ricks received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 2004 and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from LeTourneau University in 2012. He completed a second Master's Degree in Sport Management from Liberty University in May 2015.