Frederick native Chad Dickman was named the second head coach in Hood College men’s basketball history in April 2015.
The 2016-17 team finished 16-9 and its .640 winning percentage was the second-best in school history. Scott Bolen was named All-MAC Commonwealth Second Team and Academic All-MAC.
During his first season, 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-MAC 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 NABC Honors Court and the Blazers earned an NABC Academic Excellence Award for their work in the classroom.
Dickman took over as head coach after spending the last two years as the lead assistant for the Blazers.
During his two years as an assistant, Dickman helped the Blazers to two of their most successful seasons, going a combined 33-24 while playing one of the toughest schedules in the region. The Blazers also made back-to-back ECAC postseason tournament appearances, reaching two semifinals and one championship.
In his first season on the sidelines at Hood, he helped Hood to 18 wins, the second-highest single season total in school history.
Dickman came to Hood after a successful nine-year stint as associate head coach at Wheeling Jesuit University, an NCAA Division II school in West Virginia.
While at WJU, Dickman helped build the Cardinals into one of the better Division II programs in the country, as the Cardinals made their only four NCAA Tournament appearances in school history during Dickman's nine-year stint. Wheeling Jesuit made their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2005, followed it up with another appearance in 2006, then had back-to-back appearances in 2011 and 2012. Known as a tireless recruiter, Dickman helped bring in two West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshmen of the Year and several all-conference selections. In 2012, he recruited Ohio’s Mr. Basketball (Justin Fritts) to Wheeling Jesuit. It was the first time in the history of the award that the recipient did not sign at an NCAA Division I school. Dickman also served as WJU’s NCAA Compliance Director from 2007-2013.
Prior to Wheeling Jesuit, Dickman coached one year at his alma mater, St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pa.), helping the Bearcats to a 25-7 record and a spot in the NAIA National Sweet 16.
The local product played high school basketball for his father at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. While there, he helped the Patriots win the 1997 State Championship and led the team to the 1998 State Final Four, earning all-state honors his senior year.
Dickman continued his playing career at St. Vincent from 1998-2002, scoring 1,279 points, currently ranked 11th in school history. He also earned all-conference honors his junior and senior year. Dickman led the Bearcats to the NAIA Tournament twice, reaching the Elite 8 in 2002.
Dickman received a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Vincent in 2002 and earned his MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2004.