Tom Dickman became the Director of Athletics at Hood College in July 2013.
Dickman guided the Hood men's basketball team for the first 12 years of the program's existence, beginning in 2003-04 until 2014-15. He led the 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 a bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 21-8 record. After leading Hood to its first ever NCAA Tournament berth, 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.
Dickman, who also served as the associate director of athletics at Hood and was the head coach of the men's and women's golf teams from 2005-13, played basketball at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., from 1968-1972 under legendary coach Bob Starkey. Dickman was Starkey's first-ever recruit and was honored as a Shepherd Outstanding Alumnus in 1987.
After graduating from Shepherd, Dickman spent one season as an assistant coach for the Rams and another as an assistant at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School before taking over as the boy's basketball coach at TJ in 1973.
In his 29 years at Thomas Johnson, whose basketball court was named after Dickman in 2013-14, 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 - a former Maryland state record for most wins by a public school coach. Additionally, Dickman's players were recruited to dozens of collegiate basketball programs, including the University of Maryland, Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh.
Among Dickman's basketball progeny is Terrence Morris, a 1997 Gov. Thomas Johnson graduate who gained fame at the University of Maryland before moving on to the NBA, where he played for the Houston Rockets and the Orlando Magic.
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.
Dickman, who was also Thomas Johnson's athletic director, has also served as the president of the Maryland State Basketball Coaches Association.
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).
He and his wife, Kay, have three children, Chad, Adam and Erin. Chad and Adam played for their father at Gov. Thomas Johnson and went on to play collegiately at Saint Vincent College and Catholic University, respectively. Chad currently serves as Hood's head men's basketball and golf coach, after working as the top men's basketball assistant at NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit University. Adam assisted with Hood's coaching staff from 2007-2009 in addition to working in the admissions office at Hood. Adam is currently an assistant basketball coach at Chestnut Hill College and the Athletic Director at Waldron-Mercy Academy in Philadelphia. Erin graduated from Gov. Thomas Johnson in 2004 where she played volleyball and basketball and in May 2009 earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond. She received a graduate degree in psychology at the Citadel, served in the Peace Corps, and is currently a school psychologist for Frederick County Public Schools.