Tulane Atheltics has signed third-year men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson to a two-year contract extension.
Jan. 11, 2008
New Orleans - Tulane University Director of Athletics Rick Dickson announced today that head men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson has received a two-year contract extension. Dickerson's extension will keep him on the Tulane sidelines through the 2013 season.
In the midst of his third season at Tulane, Dickerson, 40, has an overall record of 39-35 and has guided the Green Wave to its best start in eight seasons with a 10-5 overall record. TU has won seven out of its last nine contests and already has signature wins over Southeastern Conference members Auburn, Georgia and LSU, and also upended St. John's out of the Big East Conference.
"It became apparent during the latter part of last year's conference schedule and through the completion of this season's non-conference schedule that Dave (Dickerson) and his staff has re-established the Tulane men's basketball program on a solid foundation that will continue to rise," Dickson said. "This extension reaffirms that belief. Dave and his team have won 16 out of their last 24 games, which began with his strong finish during the second half of league play last season."
Dickerson has made Tulane a very tough team to beat at home with a 24-9 (.730) record at Fogelman Arena, and the Wave has a mark of 17-5 (.772) against non-conference teams in New Orleans under Dickerson.
"I am very excited about the direction of the Tulane men's basketball program and with this extension we can continue to build this program into a perennial championship contender," Dickerson said. "I am looking forward to continued success with this year's team, but we need continued support from our university, student and all Tulane fans to fill up Fogelman Arena for all our Conference USA games and help our team reach its full potential."
Under his tutelage, three Green Wave players have earned all-conference honors, including All-Conference USA third-team performers Quincy Davis (2006) and David Gomez (2007), and Kevin Sims, who was selected to the All C-USA Freshman team in 2007.
Last season, Tulane was picked to finish ninth, but Dickerson led Tulane to a 17-13 overall record and TU recorded its best conference finish in nine years with a 9-7 league mark, which was good enough for fourth place. Tulane's 17 victories marked the most wins in seven seasons and the program's first winning season in four years. TU fell to eventual C-USA champion Memphis on its home floor in the conference semifinals.
Prior to the 2006-07 campaign, Dickerson received a contract extension through the 2011 season after guiding the Green Wave to a remarkable 12-17 overall record despite being displaced to College Station, Texas, because of damage to New Orleans and the Tulane campus from Hurricane Katrina.
Despite the obstacles from the hurricane and being picked to finish last, Tulane notched a seven-place league performance and heated up during the Conference USA Tournament, knocking Marshall out of tournament play with a 64-58 victory. The Green Wave fell to eventual tournament champion and host, Memphis, in the conference semifinals.