Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gardner-Webb makes historic football hiring

Ron Dickerson Jr. is the new football coach at Gardner-Webb University.

Dickerson, 39, was introduced at a news conference on campus this morning. He is the first African-American head football coach in Big South Conference history.

Most recently, Dickerson was receivers coach at Mississippi, where he worked under coach Houston Nutt. He was instrumental in developing NFL players Dexter McCluster, Mike Wallace and Shay Hodge.

"We have nowhere to go but up and it's going to be a fast ride. I'm ready for it," Dickerson said.

Dickerson replaces Steve Patton, who coached the Bulldogs for 14 seasons. Gardner-Webb went 4-7 in 2010.

- Ron Green Jr.


Anonymous said...

Good hire for them. Now if only the 49ers would hire their first coach!

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for the "like" button

Anonymous said...

Think Houston Nutt let him go at Ole Miss the week before he got this job?

Dickerson has never been a coordinator and the resume does not jump out. Hope he does well and his enthusiasm are huge positives.

First two choices (current UVA assistant and Buffalo Bills assistant with 15 years in D1A including national title) pulled out.