Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Updated April 2013
Henry Dickerson is the 15th Head Men’s Basketball Coach in Chattanooga Mocs history. He took over after serving as associate head coach for Mack McCarthy after the 1997 NCAA Sweet 16 run leading UTC for five seasons.
Dickerson’s teams went 72-73 winning two Southern Conference South Division Championships (1998, 2002). He coached All-SoCon performers David Phillips (1998), Rashun Coleman (2000) and Oliver Morton (2000, 2001) with four All-SoCon Tourney members including 2001 Most Outstanding Player Toot Young.
He ascended into the head coach’s seat after eight seasons as McCarthy’s right-hand man and top recruiter. The Mocs were 163-79 (.674) over that stretch with Dickerson credited with bringing in the likes NBA first round pick Johnny Taylor, Willie Young, Chris Mims, Maurio Hanson, Brandon Born and Chad Copeland.
NOTABLE PLAYERS (Chronological Order)
David Phillips (1997-00): Phillips tallied 1,157 points and 555 rebounds in his four years as a Moc which ranked fifth and second, respectively, in 2000.
Tim Parker (2000-03): Parker set the school record for season free throw percentage hitting 91.8 percent (78-85) in 2002-03. He shot 81.0 percent for his career. He is the 12th UTC student-athlete to top 1,000 points in his career.
Neil Ashby (2001-02): Ashby set the school mark for blocks in a game (10 vs. Murray State, 12/222/01) and season (89, 2002) with an average of 3.1 per contest. He ended his career second in total blocks with 110, while his 2.7 blocks per game was the best in the DI era.
Dusty Pullian (2001-02): Dusty holds the UTC single season (72.1%) and career (65.3%) records for field goal percentage.
- Dickerson’s teams claimed non-conference wins over Marshall (12/2/97), Belmont (2/23/98 & 12/29/00), at SMU (12/19/98), St. Joseph’s (12/23/99), Virginia Tech (12/23/00) and Murray State (12/22/01).
- His 2001 squad beat Appalachian State (74-48) and Georgia Southern (84-73) before falling to UNCG 67-66 on a buzzer-beater.
A native of Beckley, W.Va., Dickerson was a standout basketball player at the University of Charleston in his home state earning first team all-conference honors all four seasons while also earning NAIA All-American status. He later played in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. He came to Chattanooga following a successful run as an assistant coach at heated league-rival Marshall (1983-89). He and his wife Deborah had two sons, Brian and Brandon.