Blazer Basketball Camp
Chris Cook ’15 will return to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program.
In his first year on the bench, the Blazers battled injuries to finish 13-12 overall, the program's 11th .500 or better record in its 13-year history. Davon Hill was named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commowealth team, was a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick for the second straight year and was named the MAC Men's Basketball Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Three players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court and the Blazers earned an NABC Academic Excellence Award for their work in the classroom.
Cook joins the staff after playing the previous two years for the Blazers. After transferring in from Randolph-Macon College, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, graduating with a 3.35 grade point average. During his time on the court with the Blazers, Cook had a very successful playing career.
In his first year with the program, as a junior in 2013-2014, Cook helped lead the Blazers to 18-11 record. He represented the Blazers on all-tournament teams at the Shenandoah BB&T Basketball Tip Off and the Rotary of Frederick Holiday Classic. He also was named to the MAC Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court at the end of the season.
During his senior year in 2014-2015, Cook helped lead the Blazers to a 15-13 record while garnering countless accolades throughout the season. He was named Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year, All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team by both D3hoops.com and the NABC 1st Team All Mid-Atlantic Region, Honorable Mention All-America by DIII New, and was one of ten national finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy (given to the country’s top men’s basketball player who embodies DIII’s academic and community service initiatives). In addition to being named to three all-tournament teams, Cook was named U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Player of the Week for his performance in the 2014 Frederick Rotary Basketball Tournament. He was also named MAC Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week three times.
A native of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Cook earned his varsity basketball letters from Lee-Davis High School.
Cook is currently pursuing his Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Public Relations from Hood.
Erik Thomas ’16, a native of Glenn Dale, Maryland, is in his fourth season as a student-assistant coach for the Blazers.
In 2015-16, the Blazers battled injuries to finish 13-12 overall, the program's 11th .500 or better record in its 13-year history. Davon Hill was named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commowealth team, was a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick for the second straight year and was named the MAC Men's Basketball Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Three players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court and the Blazers earned an NABC Academic Excellence Award for their work in the classroom.
Thomas began his basketball career with the Blazers in the fall of 2012 as an incoming freshman from Bishop McNamara High School. Knee injuries derailed Thomas’ playing career, but he did not want to walk away from the sport that he loved.
The next fall, Thomas joined Hood's coaching staff, providing leadership, energy, and mentorship to his former teammates.
His role expanded in March 2015, as Thomas' responsibilities include day-to-day operations of the men’s basketball program, recruiting, on-court instruction and player development.
'Coach E' is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in accounting at Hood College.
Sean Westerlund joins the Hood College men's basketball coaching staff for the 2016-17 season.
Westerlund arrives at Hood after coaching Harford Christian to three straight conference titles as head coach. His team advanced to the Maryland Christian State Tournament Championship Game in 2015-16, which was the second consecutive 20-win season for the squad. Harford Christian led the nation in steals per game with 28 per contest in 2014-15. He coached 16 all-conference players, three All-Harford County selections and a DMVElite All-State pick.
Prior to taking over as head coach at Harford Christian, he served as the associate head coach at the school and helped the 2012-13 squad to the first conference championship in 17 years and a school record 24 wins.
Westerlund was a multi-sport student-athlete at Lancaster Bible College, competing in basketball, baseball and soccer. He earned NCCAA All-Region in both soccer and baseball, and was an All-Northeast Athletic Conference First Team selection in 2011.
A 2013 graduate of Lancaster Bible, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in professional counseling-psychology and bible. Westerlund went on to receive a master's degree from Concordia University in California in coach and athletic administration.
Director of Athletics
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 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 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 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 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 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 received a graduate degree in psychology at the Citadel and is currently in the Peace Corps.