USC Upstate Officially Hires Dave Dickerson as Head Basketball Coach

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Spartanburg, S.C. (USC Upstate) – The University of South Carolina Upstate formally introduced Dave Dickerson as the tenth head coach of the men’s basketball team during a press conference held on Thursday morning in the lobby of the G.B. Hodge Center.

Dickerson, previously with the NBA’s Utah Jazz, spent seven years on the sidelines at The Ohio State University as the associate head men’s basketball coach. Dickerson was a part of 181 victories, two Big Ten regular-season titles, three Big Ten Tournament title game appearances, and participation in NCAA Tournament play in five of seven years with Ohio State.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to add Coach Dickerson to the amazing group of people that are trying to elevate the University of South Carolina Upstate,” said USC Upstate Chancellor Dr. Brendan Kelly.

Prior to Ohio State, Dickerson was head coach at Tulane University for five seasons. This, after inheriting a Green Wave basketball program that had registered just one winning season during the five years prior to his arrival. He guided the Wave to back-to-back winning seasons in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Before taking over the program at Tulane, Dickerson spent nine years as an assistant under Gary Williams at the University of Maryland, his alma mater, and in 2004-05, was the program’s associate head coach. He helped the Terrapins to nine consecutive post-season appearances and eight 20-win seasons.

He has also served as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb (1990-91), James Madison (1991-92) and Radford (1993-96).

Accolades for Dickerson include recognition as an AFLAC Assistant Coach of the Year, the ACC’s No. 1 Assistant Coach as named by Basketball News, Athlon Sports’ No. 4 Assistant Coach in the nation and as an “Assistant Coach on the Rise” as tabbed by ESPN’s Andy Katz. He was the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 8 Coach of the year in 2007-08.

“I am humbled at the opportunity to be the tenth basketball coach in the history of the program,” said Dickerson. “I’m excited to be here. I want this program to be all inclusive. I want everybody to play a role.”

Dickerson played forward at Maryland from 1986-89 and earned four varsity letters. He was co-captain as a senior in 1989. He saw action in the 1986 and 1988 NCAA Tournaments and was a member of three teams that advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.

A native of Olar, S.C., Dickerson graduated from the University of Maryland in 1990 with a degree in government and politics. He and his wife, Laurette, have one child, Dave III.

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