Dave Dickerson, former head coach at Tulane, has been added to the Big Ten Champion Ohio State men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Thad Matta announced Monday. His appointment begins immediately.
“We are extremely excited to bring Dave on staff,” Matta said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to our program as a coach and former player. Through the interview process it was easy to see how much he appreciates The Ohio State University and what it stands for. I know he is ready to hit the ground running to build upon our great basketball tradition.”
Dickerson, 43, replaces Alan Major who accepted the head coaching position at Charlotte two weeks ago.
During his five years as head coach at Tulane, Dickerson compiled a 68-84 record, 31-47 in Conference USA, 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, a feat not accomplished in the 11 previous years, and led the squad to four-consecutive opening-round wins in the Conference USA Tournament to start his tenure.
Prior to his time in New Orleans, Dickerson spent nine years as an assistant under Gary Williams at Maryland, his alma mater, and in 2004-05, was the program’s associate head coach. He helped the Terrapins to nine-consecutive postseason appearances, including five Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and one National Championship in 2002, and eight 20-win seasons.
Accolades for Dickerson have included his recognition as an AFLAC Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003, the ACC’s No. 1 Assistant Coach as named by Basketball News (2003-04), Athlon Sports’ No. 4 Assistant Coach in the nation (2003-04), and an “Assistant Coach on the Rise” as tabbed by ESPN’s Andy Katz.
Dickerson also served as assistant coach at Gardner Webb (1990-91), James Madison (1991-92) and Radford (1993-96) before returning to Maryland. As a player, he lettered for the Terrapins from 1986-89, earning team captain status as a senior.
A native of Olar, S.C., Dickerson graduated from Maryland in 1990 with a degree in government and politics. He is married to the former Laurette Newsom, a 1991 graduate of Maryland. The couple has one child, Dave III.