Men’s basketball head coach Keith Dickson won his 500th career game on Tuesday, Jan. 15 as the Hawks defeated Pace 101-54. Dickson, in his 27th year as a head coach – all at Saint Anselm – becomes the 16th coach in Division II to reach the 500-win plateau and is currently seventh amongst active coaches in all-time victories. With a record of 500-280 for a winning percentage of .641, Dickson has won more games—both in total wins and percentage—than any other coach in the program’s history.
"You sit there on the bench and sort of think about all that's happened in that gym," said Dickson, the school's all-time winningest coach. "I must say, I'm happy that it happened in Stoutenburgh." (excerpt from Union Leader article)
The Hawks, who are receiving votes in the latest NABC Division II Poll, have now won 10 of their last 11, including seven straight, and improve to 12-2 on the season, including 9-2 in Northeast-10 play.
Saint Anselm, which matched a season high with the 101 points, handed out 30 assists on 37 baskets – the fifth highest number of assists in program history and the most since the Hawks tallied 31 helpers at home against Merrimack College on Jan. 11, 1996. Pace drop to 7-7, 4-6 NE-10.
The Hawks came out of the gate looking like a team that had one thing in mind – getting their coach his 500th career victory. "When the game started our team was thinking that we wanted to prove to him that we are a championship caliber team that he's been wanting to see. We wanted to jump out to a big lead immediately and keep that lead through the whole game" said sophomore Roy Mabrey.
"Getting the 500th win was important to us because we wanted to do it for Coach Dickson. For us as a team its just another W in the left column but for Coach Dickson its a big accomplishment that proves that he is a great coach and knows how to coach his way to victories consistently"
Mabrey poured in a game-high 25 points to lead six Hawks in double figures. Mabrey had 21 points just 11:51 into the contest and tallied five assists, three steals and two rebounds in his second lowest minute total of the season – 32. Read the full game recap on the athletics website.
(excerpts from Portraits, winter 2006)
Dickson came to Saint Anselm College in the summer of 1985. In an interview with the college featured in Portraits winter 2006 issue, Dickson said he was looking for a place to coach, where he could be happy and successful.
When he talks Saint Anselm basketball, he talks about the program and the people. He looks for players with personal character and academic commitment as well as passion for the sport. He looks for team players who understand and believe in the mission of the college, and who care for and get along well with others.
Dickson has earned a reputation for the strong work ethic of his teams, both in the classroom and on the court. And for the past 27 years, Dickson’s teams have won—often.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3:30 p.m. when they battle Assumption College in a battle for first place in the Northeast-10 standings at Laska Gymnasium. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Le Moyne College at Stoutenburgh.