Howie Dickenman, Central Connecticut
Men’s Basketball Coach • 1996-2016
When CCSU’s Howie Dickenman announced his retirement at the end of the 2015-16 season to close out a 20-year run as head coach of his alma mater, the response from those who have played for him, coached with or against him, worked with him or called him a friend was overwhelming.
And well it should be, considering his long list of accomplishments while guiding the Blue Devil program and establishing himself as a true NEC coaching legend.
Dickenman guided CCSU to three NEC Tournament titles in 2000, 2002 and 2007, tying him for the second-most by an NEC coach in conference annals. He ranks second among NEC coaches with 187 regular season conference wins and took CCSU to 16 consecutive NEC Tournaments from 1999-2014, the second longest streak in league history.
In CCSU’s first NCAA appearance in 2000, Dickenman and the Blue Devils took an Iowa State that featured three future NBA players to the limit before succumbing to the No. 2 seed. He went on to lead the 2001-02 Blue Devil squad to 27 overall wins, 19 NEC victories and a 19-game win streak, all league records.
Dickenman is the only four-time Jim Phelan Coach of the Year in league history. He coached five NEC Player of the Year winners (Rick Mickens, Corsley Edwards, Ron Robinson, Javier Mojica and Ken Horton).
Dickenman, who was inducted into the CCSU Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980, ranks second on CCSU’s all-time wins list with 282 victories.
“Howie has been a personal and professional friend since we were freshmen at CCSU,” said former CCSU Director of Athletics Charles “C.J.” Jones. “I knew that if the opportunity to work together would come to fruition, that he would take Central to a new level. He made our program relevant and brought credibility to the league. It’s one thing to have a great professional relationship, but when you add a personal bond to that, it doesn’t get much better. This is a well-deserved honor for his accomplishments at CCSU, his alma mater and the Northeast Conference.”
“I don’t know that any one NEC coach in its history had a decade of dominance like Howie Dickenman’s teams at CCSU,” said former Wagner head coach Tim Capstraw. “You knew Howie’s teams would be ready and prepared every night, and game planning against them was a tremendous challenge. Howie’s teams mirrored his own competitiveness and toughness. He also had that unique combination of intensity and class. He was a coaches’ coach.”