Source: UM's Dickerson has interviewed for South Florida job

College Basketball

April 17, 2003|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Maryland men's basketball assistant coach Dave Dickerson has interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at the University of South Florida, a source at Maryland confirmed yesterday.

Dickerson, 36, a 1990 Maryland graduate who played for the Terrapins from 1986 to 1989 and has coached under Gary Williams in College Park for the past seven years, is pursuing his first head coaching job. Dickerson interviewed last month with Clemson, after Larry Shyatt resigned. That job went to former Dayton coach Oliver Purnell.

The Tampa Tribune has reported that South Florida athletic director Lee Roy Selmon has talked with Dickerson and several other candidates, including Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard, Western Michigan coach Robert McCallum, Kentucky assistant Scott Rigot and South Florida assistant David Zimroth.

Willard, who has a 220-170 record in 13 years as a head coach, has led Holy Cross to a 76-46 record and three straight NCAA tournament appearances in four years. He also has coached at Western Kentucky and Pittsburgh. McCallum is 43-44 in three years at Western Michigan.

Dickerson, who could not be reached to comment, was an assistant at Gardner Webb and James Madison for one year apiece before spending four years at Radford, then moving on to Maryland.

South Florida is seeking a replacement for Seth Greenberg, who left after seven seasons to become the head coach at Virginia Tech.

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