After 156 wins, seven playoffs appearances and nine conference championships, Vickery stepped down from his position to retire.
In a career that spanned four decades, Vickery had back-to-back losing seasons only once and he had a winning record against every team in southeast Missouri except for Cape Central, which leads 12-15.
Included in that total was an unbelievable run against arch rival Charleston where he defeated the Bluejays in 22 of their 26 meetings.
Although he had made up his mind prior to the 2003 football season, he made it official in November at the conclusion of the season.
Vickery ended his tenure as the all-time wins leader at Sikeston and maintained his coaching position longer than any other in school history and one of, if not the longest in southeast Missouri's history.
Vickery stated after his resignation that he would coach again "if the right opportunity comes up."
It didn't take long as Vickery has already agreed to help former assistant Terry Flanigan, who is back at Scott City High School as the head coach.
Vickery will be Flanigan's offensive coordinator.
Sikeston High School hired longtime Vickery assistant Jerry Dement as the new head coach.
-- Derek James