Former Chief Makes Big South Coaching History

Ron Dickerson Jr. only appeared in 15 games for the Chiefs during his short stay in Kansas City in 1993 and 94.  Since his playing days, Dickerson has been coaching and made history on Wednesday when Gardner-Webb University made him the first African-American head coach in Big South Conference history.

Dickerson, 39, spent the past three seasons as receivers coach at Ole Miss under Houston Nutt, whom he played for at the University of Arkansas.

“Our teams will play fast, physical and with energy and intelligence on the field.  Our young men will also handle themselves properly off it.  My job as head coach is not only to win games here, but to mentor and develop our student-athletes into well- rounded men – spiritually, academically and socially.”

At Ole Miss, Dickerson played a key role in the development of current NFL players Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh Steelers), Dexter McCluster (Kansas City Chiefs) and Shay Hodge (Cincinnati Bengals), who all earned All-SEC honors.

He doesn’t have any connections to the current Chiefs regime, but it could have been Scott Pioli talking about the type of football Dickerson wants his team to play at Gardner-Webb.  It’s easy to see why McCluster fit in so well with the Pioli/Haley “Right 53″ model.

They play in the FCS (formerly I-AA) and might not have any players drafted this season but we might want to keep an eye on the players Dickerson brings into his program after the work he did with McCluster at Ole Miss.

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