Dickerson Takes Reigns Of Green Wave Hoops

Dickerson has been on the staff of Gary Williams at Maryland, his alma mater, for the past nine years, including last season when he served as senior associate head coach. During his time in College Park, the Terrapins made nine straight post-season appearances, claiming the 2002 NCAA National Championship and advancing to the semifinals of this year's National Invitational Tournament.

NEW ORLEANS – Dave Dickerson, a 15-year coaching veteran who has spent the last nine seasons on the coaching staff at Maryland, was introduced Friday as the new head men's basketball coach at Tulane University. He becomes the 22nd head coach in the 95-year history of the Green Wave program.

"It was clearly evident during the interview process that Dave brings qualities which will quickly enhance the development of our basketball program," said Rick Dickson, Tulane Director of Athletics. "He had multifaceted responsibilities at Maryland, from recruiting to player development to game preparation that earned him national recognition and prepared him to be a head coach.

"He's a native Southerner who comes from a great family. He and his wife are of such substance and quality; that, to me, exceeded all of the other attributes. There's no question that he will provide the necessary leadership, skills, commitment and passion to make this the program that we all want it to be."

Tulane President Scott Cowen added his endorsement of the Green Wave's new head men's basketball coach.

"Coach Dickerson is a superb addition to the Tulane University community," Cowen said. "Dave embodies the personal and professional values that we hold in high esteem at Tulane and his impressive record and reputation as a coach foretells a bright future for our program."

Dickerson has been on the staff of Gary Williams at Maryland, his alma mater, for the past nine years, including last season when he served as senior associate head coach. During his time in College Park, the Terrapins made nine straight post-season appearances, claiming the 2002 NCAA National Championship and advancing to the semifinals of this year's National Invitational Tournament. In 15 years as an assistant coach at four schools, his teams never had a losing season while making 10 post-season appearances.

Dickerson was recognized as an AFLAC Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003, was named the ACC's No. 1 Assistant Coach by Basketball News in 2003-04 and selected the No. 4 assistant coach in the nation by Athlon for 2003-04. ESPN's Andy Katz tabbed him an "Assistant Coach on the Rise" a year ago.

Maryland compiled a 212-88 (.707) record during his nine seasons there and five of the Terrapins' recruiting classes have been ranked among the nation's best during that time. He recruited All-America guard and current NBA all-star, Steve Francis; in addition, Dickerson recruits and Maryland players Chris Wilcox, Juan Dixon, Steve Blake and Lonny Baxter were all selected in the first two rounds of the NBA Draft.

"If I had to pick a perfect job for me, it would be a school with a profile like Tulane – a great academic institution in a great city with the potential for tremendous athletic success," Dickerson said. "My goal is to build the reputation of the basketball program to match the level of the academic reputation of Tulane."

Prior to returning to coach at his alma mater in 1996-97, Dickerson spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Radford University under head coach Dr. Ron Bradley where the Highlanders advanced to the Big South Tournament semifinals each season and claimed the biggest win in school history, a 73-72 win over LSU, on Dec. 30, 1993. He was an assistant coach for basketball coaching legend Lefty Driesell at James Madison University in 1991-92 when the team was selected to play in the NIT, and began his coaching career the previous season at Gardner Webb College.

A native of Olar, S.C., Dickerson earned his bachelor's degree in government and politics from Maryland in 1990 following a four-year playing career for the Terps from 1986-89. He served as a team co-captain as a senior and played in a pair of NCAA Tournaments during his career.

Dickerson, 38, replaces Shawn Finney, who compiled a 60-86 record in five seasons as head coach from 2000-2005, including a 10-18 mark in 2004-05. He will begin his duties at Tulane immediately.

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