Tom Dickman enters his 10th season at the helm of the Blazer men's basketball program with an overall record of 128-105.
In Hood's final season in the Capital Athletic Conference in 2011-12, the Blazers finished sixth in the league and advanced to the semifinals of the CAC playoffs. Hood also won the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jay Invitational, posted a pair of wins in the Puerto Rico shootout in San Juan, went 8-1 in non-conference play. Dickman also mentored his third first team all-CAC performer in Cameron Cook '14.
Dickman registered his 100th collegiate coaching victory on Nov. 15, 2010 after Hood's season-opening 93-59 drubbing of Penn State-Mont Alto. The Blazers went on to post an overall record of 13-13 and finished fifth in the Capital Athletic Conference with a mark of 8-8. Hood suffered a first-round defeat in the CAC tournament to the fourth-seeded University of Mary Washington Eagles, 88-82. Center Tyler Snoots '11 was named to the all-CAC second team for the second straight year.
In 2009-10, Dickman led the Blazers to their fifth winning season in the program's eight-year history with a mark of 15-11. Hood also won 10 CAC matchups and finished fourth in the conference. The Blazers advanced to the championship game of the fifth annual Pride of Maryland Tournament, marking Hood's second title game appearance in three years.
In 2008-09, Hood finished with an overall mark of 9-16 and finished seventh in the CAC at 6-10. Dickman's Blazers won the Lebanon Valley College tournament by defeating the host Dutchmen and New Jersey City University.
In 2007-08, the Blazers posted a record of 15-11 and finished in third place in the CAC with a mark of 9-7. That year, junior Ryan Junghans finished the campaign as the NCAA Division III leader in free throw percentage. The shooting guard went 118-123 from the foul line for a 95.9 free throw percentage, eclipsing runner-up Ryan Miller of Moravian (94.9) by 1.8 percent. At one point in mid-February, Junghans led all three Divisions in foul shooting. Junghans went on to earn back-to-back first team all-CAC certificates.
In 2006-07, Dickman coached the Blazers to their most successful season in program history. The Blazers went 21-8 overall and won the regular season Capital Athletic Conference title with a stellar conference record of 12-4. Hood capped off its spectacular season earning one of 18 at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament, where the Blazers fell to Hampden-Sydney, 68-65.
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.
Under Dickman's guidance that season, junior center Jesse Gutekunst was honored as the PrestoSports/Pride of Maryland Player of the Year and was a first-team all-region selection. Additionally, sophomore guard Ryan Junghans earned second team all-region status and joined Gutekunst on the all-state first team.
In Hood's inaugural 2003-04 season, Dickman helped the Blazers achieve a 13-11 mark and followed that with a 12-13 record in 2004-05. That same year, Hood captured its first-ever in-season tournament championship when the Blazers downed eventual ECAC Metro Region champion New Jersey City in the title game of the Moravian College Greyhound Starters Classic.
Dickman, who also serves as the associate director of athletics at Hood and has been the head coach of the men's and women's golf teams since June 2005, played basketball at Shepherd College 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 before taking over as the boy's basketball coach at Gov. Thomas Johnson in 1973.
In his 29 years at Thomas Johnson, Dickman 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 semi-finals. 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 College 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 is now an assistant men's basketball coach at NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit University, while 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 and admission counselor at Holy Family University. 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 is currently pursuing a graduate degree in psychology at the Citadel.
Frederick native Emonte "Tay" Hill enters his 10th season as an assistant coach with the Hood men's basketball program. Hill played two years of collegiate basketball at Frederick Community College before moving on to the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg, where he played two more seasons. He then began his collegiate coaching career as a student assistant for the Rifles.
Hill was a two-year starter for USC-Spartanburg and as a senior finished 16th in NCAA Division II in assists per game. He closed his career with the Rifles ranked fourth in school history in assists per game (4.51) and ninth all-time in career assists (248) despite playing just two seasons.
He played his first two years of collegiate ball at Frederick Community College and was the team's Most Valuable Player. He was also named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American.
Hill attended Frederick High School and starred for the Cadets in the backcourt before graduating in 1997. He earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in physical education and business from USC-Spartanburg in 2002.
Tim Abercrombie '09
Tim Abercrombie '09 returned to his alma mater in 2011-12 to serve as a graduate assistant coach with the men's basketball team.
A native of Walkersville and Gov. Thomas Johnson High school product, Abercrombie made an immediate impact on the hardwood when he came to Hood in 2005. He was tabbed the Male Rookie of the Year for his stellar freshman season and, following his senior year at Hood, was lauded as the athletic department's most outstanding male student-athlete in 2009.
Upon graduating in 2009, Abercrombie's name was etched in the program's top 10 chart in numerous categories, including games played (93), games started (79), points scored (957), three-point field goal percentage (.299), free throws made (223), rebounds (311), assists (285) and steals (84). He lists second all-time in assists and fourth all-time in scoring.
Abercrombie represented the Blazers on three all-tournament teams, including the 2006 Moravian Greyhound Starters Classic all-tournament team, the 2006 Provident Pride of Maryland all-tournament team and the 2008 Rinso Marquette all-tournament team at Lebanon Valley College.
In 2010-11, Abercrombie served as head coach of the junior varsity boys basketball team and assistant coach of the boys varsity squad at Urbana High School.
Abercrombie is currently pursuing a master's degree in human sciences with a concentration in psychology at Hood.
Mitch Belella, a 2012 McDaniel graduate, has joined the Blazer men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season.
Belella was an avid player throughout his youth. His playing career would culminate with his four-year stint with the McDaniel College Green Terror. As a freshman in 2008-09, he was a member of the most successful men’s basketball team in program history which won 18 games and advanced to the Centennial Conference semifinals.
In addition to having played for and learned from arguably one of the most successful men’s basketball coaches in the state of Maryland, Cokey Robertson at St. Maria Goretti High School, Belella is working on his own coaching resume. He served as a counselor at the West Virginia University Basketball Camp in 2010. As a coach associated with a program as successful as WVU’s, Belella was primarily responsible for working with youth players as well as specializing in specific drills and stations for the players.
A native of Smithsburg, Belella will also head up Hood’s intramural athletic program.