Mike Hickey grew up in Long Island New York, watching the Power Memorial teams dominate New York city basketball during the 1960’s under Jack Donohue’s direction.
Upon graduating from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, he embarked on a coaching career that brought him into direct contact with Jack Donohue, who was then coaching the Canadian National team.
In his first year as a head coach at a Canadian University, Donohue proved to be a source of inspiration and over the next 30 years, he would serve as Hickey’s mentor, employer, and friend.
Hickey worked with Donohue and the National team for seven years and spent six years coaching the Women’s National team culminating with the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Hickey began his journalistic career in the late 1970’s and has written freelance sports stories for several major Canadian newspapers, focusing on basketball and hockey.