Dickerson decides to stay

Terps assistant withdraws from Charleston running

`this is where I want to be'

College Basketball

April 09, 2002|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Maryland assistant basketball coach Dave Dickerson, who was one of the leading candidates to replace John Kresse as head coach at the College of Charleston, has pulled out of consideration for that job and decided to remain with the Terrapins.

"I have decided to remain in my capacity as assistant basketball coach at the University of Maryland," said Dickerson, 35. "Even though I have had my name involved with some very good jobs in recent weeks, I know that my job here is one of the best in the nation right now and this is where I want to be."

Dickerson, a former Maryland player, has been an assistant under coach Gary Williams for the past six seasons. After helping get the Terps to their first Final Four last year, he replaced Billy Hahn as Maryland's top assistant and helped the Terps win their first national title.

Hahn left Maryland a year ago to become head coach at La Salle.

Dickerson, a native of Olar, S.C., graduated from Maryland in 1990 before beginning a coaching career that has included assistant coaching stints at Gardner-Webb, James Madison and Radford, where Dickerson worked for four seasons before returning to Maryland in 1996.

Before interviewing at the College of Charleston, Dickerson took himself out of the running for the head coaching position at Radford. Virginia assistant Tom Herrion now appears to be the successor to Kresse at Charleston.

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