Zach Dickson enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Saint Anselm football program after coming aboard as the wide receivers coach and director of football operations in July 2012.
Dickson coached All-American and Northeast-10 First Team wideout Justin Bernard for the final three years of his career at Saint Anselm. Bernard, who owns single-game, single season and career school records in catches, receiving yards and touchdown grabs, reeled in his 326th career catch in a 55-24 win at Merrimack on Oct. 4, 2014 to become the NCAA Division II all-time leader in receptions. He finished his career with 386 catches and 4,169 yards, which ranked him first and third, respectively, among active Division II players.
Dickson came to the Hilltop from Sioux Falls, S.D., where he served as the tight ends coach and assistant recruiting coordinator in football's graduate assistant program at the University of Sioux Falls the last two seasons. Dickson was directly responsible for the academic and athletic success of the tight end unit, including the installation of game plans, position meetings, specific positional techniques and ensuring academic growth on a daily basis.
The Cougars went 13-1 and were the NAIA National Runners-Up in Dickson's first season in 2010. The Cougars ranked second in the country in pass efficiency (174.3), fourth in passing offense (3,821 total yards) and eighth in passing offense per game (272.9 yards per game), while one of Dickson's tight ends was named a GPAC All-Conference Honorable Mention. The following season, as they transitioned to the NCAA Division II's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, the Cougars posted a 5-4 mark.
Prior to joining USF, Dickson spent seven years with the football program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In his final two seasons with the Buffaloes, Dickson was the recruiting and operations specialist. During his five years helping the Buffs recruit, Dickson helped sign a top-15, nationally-rated recruiting class and two other classes that were ranked in the top 35. Dickson was involved in two Big 12 Championship Games (2004, 2005) and three bowl games (2004 - Houston Bowl vs. UTEP, 2005 - Champ Sports Bowl vs. Clemson, 2007 Independence Bowl vs. Alabama). Dickson got his start with CU his freshman year as an equipment manager and helped the grad assistants break down oppponent film.
Dickson graduated from CU in 2007 with a degree in Communication.
Born in Boulder, Colo., Dickson grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he graduated from Peters Township High School as a letterman in football and baseball.