FREDERICK, Maryland—Tom Dickman, who arrived as Hood College's first men's basketball coach in 2003 and was promoted to director of athletics in 2013, announced that he will retire in June 2018.
"Tom Dickman has been synonymous with Blazer athletics and instrumental to the growth of the program under his leadership. He has made a tremendous and positive impact on Hood's student-athletes during his tenure," said Hood College President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
In addition to serving as the associate director of athletics, Dickman was the head coach of the men's and women's golf teams from 2005 through 2013. Under his leadership, the varsity offerings of the department grew to 22 sports with the addition of baseball and women's golf. Dickman initiated partnerships with local organizations, including Frederick County Public Schools, the Rotary Club of Frederick and FC Frederick Soccer, which increased the exposure of Hood's campus and athletic facilities to the community. Hood's student-athletes—whose numbers grew to approximately 300—earned a bevy of honors, including All-America, Academic All-America, MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year and MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year. The Blazers averaged an impressive 110 MAC Honor Roll honors during his tenure as director of athletics.
Dickman guided the Hood men's basketball team to 175 wins in 12 seasons, with 10 seasons resulting in records of .500 or better. In 2006-07, he led the team to the Capital Athletic Conference Championship and Hood's first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 21-8 record. That same year, Dickman was honored as the CAC Coach of the Year, D3Hoops.com's Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year and the Bob Flynn Memorial Pride of Maryland Coach of the Year.
"Spending my entire professional career in coaching and athletic administration has created very special memories and relationships. I am very proud of the athletic staff and coaches that we have at Hood," said Dickman, who stepped away from coaching two years ago and focused on his AD role. "I am looking forward to spending more quality time with my wife, our children and our grandchildren. I am also looking forward to renewing relationships with former players, coaches and friends."
Dickman is a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, W.Va. He earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Shepherd University and a master's degree in education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). Dickman played basketball at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., from 1968 to 1972 under legendary coach Bob Starkey. He was honored as a Shepherd Outstanding Alumnus in 1987. After graduating, Dickman spent one season as an assistant coach for Shepherd. He was named as the boys' basketball coach at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in 1973.
In his 29 years at Thomas Johnson, he led the Patriots to remarkable success, winning seven state championships and 18 league championships and also taking four teams to the state runner-up spot and three more to the state semifinals. He collected a total of 592 victories—once the Maryland state record for most wins by a public school coach. A total of 30 of his former players are currently high school or college coaches. Dickman, who was also Thomas Johnson's athletic director, served as the president of the Maryland State Basketball Coaches Association.
Dickman's accomplishments include coaching more teams to state championships (7) than any other coach in Maryland history; coaching the U.S. All-Star team in the McDonald's Capital Classic in 1999; being inducted into the Frederick County Hall of Fame; and being named to the Maryland governor's advisory committee on physical fitness in 1999.
He and his wife, Kay, have three children, Chad, Adam and Erin. Chad and Adam played for their father at Gov. Thomas Johnson. Chad currently serves as Hood's head men's basketball and golf coach. Adam assisted with Hood's coaching staff 2007-09 in addition to working in the admission office at Hood.
A national search for Dickman's successor will be announced in early 2018.