Dave Dickerson, former head coach at Tulane, joined the Ohio State men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach April 19, 2010. He was elevated to associate head coach on Thad Matta’s staff in the summer of 2011.
In five seasons on the Ohio State sidelines, Dickerson has been a part of 143 victories, two Big Ten regular-season titles, three Big Ten tournament title game appearances, three NCAA Tournament runs to the “Sweet 16,” an “Elite Eight” run in 2013 and the 2012 Final Four. The Buckeyes have participated in NCAA Tournament play in all five years with Dickerson on the Ohio State sidelines.
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 to start his tenure, led the squad to four-consecutive opening-round wins in the Conference USA Tournament.
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 16s,” two Final Fours and one national championship in 2002. Maryland also enjoyed eight 20-win seasons during his tenure.
Accolades for Dickerson have included 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. He was the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 8 Coach of the year in 2007-08.
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.