Hickey officially AD at Summit, unclear on coaching future

Summit boys basketball coach Steve Hickey was officially named the school’s athletic director Wednesday night, getting approval from the Fontana Unified School District’s school board to replace Ed Kearby. Kearby was promoted to assistant principal at the high school.

“It hasn’t really sunk in,” Hickey said. “I have some big shoes to fill, because Ed did a great job of getting this thing going and building a lot of success in the five years since this school was opened.”

The 41-year-old Hickey was an integral piece of Summit’s overall athletic success, as he led the SkyHawks to the CIF-State Division II championship game this year en route to All-Sun Coach of the Year honors. But the new position might prevent Hickey from a return trip, as the veteran coach isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to coach with his new responsibilites.

“I don’t want to shortchange other sports because I’m focusing on my sport,” Hickey said. “That wouldn’t be fair and I don’t want other coaches to perceive that I’m showing favoritism to my sport. I’d like to coach, but I have to do what’s best for the athletic department first.

“I’ll have a decision by the end of August. Once school starts, I’ll see how everything works out and go from there.”

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