- Tom Hickman, the longest-serving athletic director in Winthrop and Big South Conference history, announced his retirement effective June 30.
- During Hickman’s tenure, more than $20 million in new facility construction and facility improvements have been completed and four additional sports teams added.
- Under Hickman's leadership Winthrop has captured 48 Big South Championships and made 48 NCAA team appearances while 14 student-athletes have earned individual NCAA invitations.
Winthrop University, "Longest-Serving Winthrop Athletics Director Tom Hickman Announces Retirement" (2016). Winthrop News 2016. 21.