Following his team’s upset win over Mount St. Mary’s, Central Connecticut State head coach Howie Dickenman made it official that he would be retiring at the end of this season after 20 years at the helm in New Britain. There were reports earlier this week that Dickenman, who has led the Blue Devils to three NCAA tournament appearances during his tenure, would be retiring.
CCSU’s three NCAA appearances under Dickenman came within a seven-year span, with the first coming in 2000. CCSU would return two years later, and their most recent appearance came in 2007.
Dickenman, a CCSU alumnus, has coached at the college level for more than 40 years and he’s had a significant impact on basketball in Connecticut. Prior to taking the job at CCSU, Dickenman was an assistant at UConn where he helped Jim Calhoun take what was once a regional program in the Yankee Conference and turn it into a power at both the conference (Big East at the time) and national levels.
Dickenman may not have been on the staff that delivered UConn’s first national title in 1999, but his work on Calhoun’s staff helped make it possible. Among the players who Dickenman coached at UConn were two current Division I head coaches in Kevin Ollie (UConn) and Steve Pikiell (Stony Brook).