GWU’s Dickerson resigns as football coach

Jan. 19, 2013 @ 05:14 AM

Over the last two seasons, Gardner-Webb University head football coach Ron Dickerson Jr. has averaged just over three wins per season.

On Friday, Dickerson informed GWU Vice President for Athletics Chuck Burch that he would not be returning next season.

In a statement, Dickerson said he thanked Gardner-Webb for the job and the opportunity. He also met with players on Friday morning.

“I reminded my players of the words of Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness,” Dickerson said.

Over the course of his two years at Gardner-Webb, Dickerson compiled a 7-15 overall record and a 4-8 record in Big South Conference play.

“I appreciate the time and effort Ron put into our football program and wish him the best as he moves forward with his career,” Burch said. “We look forward to bringing on board a coach who is committed to developing a program that will allow our football team to be successful on the field, in the classroom and the community.”

Dickerson was the eighth head coach in Gardner-Webb’s 43-year history of collegiate football.

GWU President Dr. Frank Bonner also wished Dickerson the best in a statement.

“As we begin a new chapter with our football program, we intend to promote continued improvement athletically in the Big South Conference, while remaining committed to academic achievement,” Bonner said. “Our current student-athletes, alumni and members of the university family and community should experience a great sense of pride in this program.”

Gardner-Webb will open the 2013 season by hosting Furman on Aug. 31.


Gardner-Webb sports information contributed to this report