Manchester, N.H. (August 26) -- Men's basketball head coach Keith Dickson, former men's basketball player Ed Hjerpe '81 and former women's basketball player Sharon Dawley '83 have been elected to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as members of the class of 2009. The induction ceremony is slated to take place on October 9th at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
Dickson, elected as a coach, is ranked among the winningest coaches in NCAA Division II history. Entering his 24th season at the Hilltop, Dickson has amassed a career record of 437-244 for a career winning percentage of .642. His teams have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Tournament in 20 of his 23 years, including last year's team that upset defending regional champion Bentley to reach the league semifinals. A three-time Northeast-10 Coach of the Year, Dickson's teams have captured seven Northeast-10 Tournament titles, including most recently winning back-to-back titles in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. In addition, his teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 11 times, including reaching the 2000 Elite Eight. Dickson is a member of the Saint Anselm Athletics Hall of Fame, inducted in 2003.
Hjerpe, elected in the scholar-athlete division, played at Saint Anselm from 1977-81 and is currently the chair of the Saint Anselm College Board of Trustees. In 90 career games, he finished with 411 points and 324 rebounds while shooting 56.7 percent from the field. Off the court, Hjerpe was a member of the Saint Anselm Economic Society and the Red Key Society. He was involved in volunteering for a number of non-profit agencies in Manchester while a student at Saint Anselm, including the Heart Fund, the Cancer Fund and the Arthritis Fund. He also assisted as a high school basketball coach during school vacations.
Dawley, currently in her seventh year as the head women's basketball coach at the University of Vermont, ranks among the all-time Saint Anselm leaders in a number of categories. During her senior season in 1982-83, the Hawks posted a 22-6 overall record and a No. 15 national ranking. Dawley finished her career with 859 points, ranking her 20th on the all-time scoring list. In addition, she is 13th in career free throws with 225 and ninth in free throw attempts with 360. At Vermont, Dawley guided her 2008-2009 team to the America East Tournament title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in her career.