UM's Dickerson to be named head coach at Tulane today

College Basketball

April 01, 2005|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Maryland senior associate head basketball coach Dave Dickerson will be named head coach at Tulane at a news conference in New Orleans this afternoon, according to sources.

Dickerson, 38, will replace Shawn Finney, who was fired last month after guiding the Green Wave to a 60-86 record in five seasons. It will be the first head coaching job for Dickerson, who was a captain on Gary Williams' first Maryland team in 1989-90 before returning to College Park as an assistant in 1996 for the first of nine seasons on Williams' staff.

He becomes Williams' 13th assistant to land a Division I head coaching job and second in a little more than a month. In late February, Mike Lonergan was named head coach of Vermont.

It will also mark the second straight offseason that Williams needs to hire two new assistants. Last year, longtime assistant Jimmy Patsos was hired as head coach of Loyola, and Matt Kovarik followed him to the Greyhounds' staff.

"It's tough because the players have to learn new coaches, but Dave deserves the opportunity," Williams said on Wednesday when asked about the possibility of losing two assistants.

Williams has said on numerous occasions in the past couple of seasons that Dickerson is ready to become a head coach and said he pushed for Dickerson to get the Tulane job. "I do everything I can for Dave because he's been so important to us, and he has meant a lot to our program," Williams said.

Dickerson, who was in New Orleans yesterday for the second time this week according to sources, is inheriting a team that went 10-18 last season and tied for 13th in Conference USA. However, the Green Wave got extensive minutes from four freshmen and return all but one starter.

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