Bill Stacy, Chancellor of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga,
has announced that Henry Dickerson, Head Men's Basketball Coach, will
no longer serve the campus in that capacity.
Stacy and Dickerson met to review last season's progress in meeting the
goals and objectives established for 2001-2002 and approved by the Executive
Committee of the university's Athletic Board. Among their observations
were that Dickerson's team won the Southern Division in the Southern Conference
and led the league in attendance. The Mocs finished with a 16 and 14 record
in the fifth year of his head coaching tenure at the university. However,
distractions of student conduct off the basketball court hampered the
team. Attendance dropped for the third year in a row. For the fifth season,
the Mocs saw no tournament championship or post-season NCAA or NIT participation.
Stacy said the decision was mutual adding that it is simply time for a
Dickerson has been asked to continue to serve the University, reassigned
in UTC student services, recruitment and/or intramural activities. Stacy
indicated that vacant positions in those staff areas are customary and
that Dickerson would provide excellent student support. Stacy expressed
appreciation to Coach Dickerson for his strong loyalty to UTC and for
the strong ethics and integrity that he maintained throughout his tenure
in coaching. Stacy saluted Dickerson as the kind of man to whom he would
entrust his own son.
"It is difficult to see the Dickerson era conclude, but UTC can always
be proud of the leadership brought to the university by a first class
gentlemen," Stacy said. Stacy expressed high satisfaction that the
teaching, advising, and counseling of more UTC students by Dickerson will
now be possible as he is reassigned to student services.
It is now time for the university to begin a new era in filling the McKenzie
Arena with basketball that not only complements the mission of UTC but
brings an opportunity for a new head coach to create the best in collegiate
basketball. A search process to select a new head coach will begin shortly.
The Executive Committee of the Athletics Board is searching for a new
Athletics Director. The timing of the basketball search will allow the
newly chosen Athletic Director "last say" in the choice of a
new head coach.
The university has named Kenny Siefert as its Interim Head Coach to handle
all basketball operations, player relationships, contractual matters,
etc. until the new Head Coach is in place. All existing university scholarship
contracts with students will continue to be honored. Stacy said that Coach
Siefert's previous head coaching experience will serve UTC well in the