Keith Dickson is entering his 33rd season as the Head Coach of the Saint Anselm men's basketball program in 2018-19.
During his 32 seasons on the Hilltop, Dickson has an overall record of 617-328 (.653) and stands as the program's all-time record holder for coaching victories. Picking up his 600th victory on Nov. 26, 2017 against LIU Post, he became only the 92nd coach in the history of NCAA men's basketball across all divisions to reach that milestone.
Since his selection as Head Coach prior to the 1986-87 season, Dickson has led the Hawks to eight Northeast-10 Conference Championships and 18 appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament. In 2012-13, he became the 16th Division II coach to reach the 500-win plateau when the Hawks defeated Pace, 101-54, at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium on Jan. 15.
The Hawks' head coach, who has been named the NE-10 Coach of the Year four times, owns a reputation as one of the most successful Division II basketball coaches not only in the region, but on the national level, as well. Dickson was inducted into the college's Athletics Hall of Fame (2003) while earning the Walter A. Smith Coaches Award at the New Hampshire Parade of Champions Banquet in February of 2003.
Dickson took the reins of the program in the 1986-87 season and since that time has enjoyed extraordinary success, resulting in 13 Northeast-10 Tournament Championship game appearances and eight tournament championships, which are both league records. That string of tournament titles includes back-to-back conference banners on two occasions, including most recently in 2004-05 and 2005-06. The Hawks program has also enjoyed success in the regular season, including back-to-back regular season titles in 1998-99 and 1999-00, as well as 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Due to the Hawks' successful Northeast-10 seasons, the program has gone on to earn 18 bids to the NCAA Division II national tournament under Dickson, and an appearance in the 2000 "Elite Eight." Dickson's Hawks have never gone more than three years without an NCAA berth, and are currently riding a run of six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, his teams have posted a winning mark in 23 of the last 26 seasons.
In addition to numerous playoff successes and championships, Dickson has produced some other impressive personal numbers. The Hawks sport an 8-5 record in NE-10 championship games and a 51-25 record in Northeast-10 Conference championship tournament play.
Dickson's successes have earned him a number of accolades for excellence. He has been honored as the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year four times, earned the New England Basketball Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year award and has also been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches Northeast District Coach of the Year.
Also highly regarded among his peers, Dickson is an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Congress.
Coach Dickson is a native of Rockland, Mass., where he was a standout basketball player at his hometown high school. He moved on to play Division I college basketball at the University of New Hampshire from 1975-79. As an outstanding point guard, Dickson started four years for the Wildcats and graduated with 1,202 career points, at the time placing him as the school's third highest all-time scorer.
He stepped into the coaching ranks immediately after leaving UNH, joining Biscayne College in Florida for one year and entered the Northeast-10 Conference a year later as assistant coach at Bentley College. He joined Saint Anselm as an assistant in 1985-86 and a year later was named as head coach.
In his first season, he led the Hawks to a 25-5 record and since that time, the Hawks have won 20 or more games 14 more times.
Coach Dickson resides in Bedford with his wife, Patti. They have three children - Brett, Jeffrey, and Michelle. Jeffrey, who was the New Hampshire Class "L" Player of the Year at Manchester West High School, graduated from Saint Anselm in 2008. Michelle was a Northeast-10 All-Conference performer and a member of the Saint Anselm women's soccer team, graduating from Saint Anselm in 2010.
|Year||Record||NE10||NE10 Tournament||NCAA Tournament|
|1986-87||25-5||12-2 (2nd)||NE-10 Champions||Regional Third Place|
|1987-88||15-14||10-8 (T-4th)||NE-10 Semifinals|
|1988-89||17-12||13-5 (T-2nd)||NE-10 Semifinals|
|1989-90||21-11||12-6 (2nd)||NE-10 Champions||Regional Final|
|1990-91||11-19||7-11 (T-6th)||NE-10 Semifinals|
|1991-92||14-16||9-9 (T-5th)||NE-10 Runner Up|
|1992-93||20-11||13-5 (T-2nd)||NE-10 Champions||Regional Third Place Runner Up|
|1993-94||18-10||12-6 (2nd)||NE-10 Quarterfinals||Regional Semifinal|
|1994-95||26-5||16-2 (1st - Regular Season Champions)||NE-10 Champions||Regional Third Place|
|1995-96||28-3||16-0 (1st- Regular Season Champions)||NE-10 Champions||Regional Final|
|1996-97||17-11||11-7 (T-2nd)||NE-10 Semifinals|
|1997-98||19-10||13-7 (4th)||NE-10 Runner Up|
|1998-99||20-8||14-4 (1st - Regular Season Champions)||NE-10 Quarterfinals||Regional Semifinal|
|1999-00||23-9||13-5 (T-1st - Regular Season Tri-Champions)||NE-10 Semifinals||"Elite Eight" National Quarterfinal|
|2000-01||21-7||17-5 (T-2nd)||NE-10 Quarterfinals||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2001-02||19-11||13-9 (T-5th)||NE-10 Runner Up|
|2002-03||13-14||10-12 (10th)||NE-10 First Round|
|2003-04||17-12||13-9 (T-6th)||NE-10 Quarterfinals|
|2004-05||24-7||16-6 (T-3rd)||NE-10 Champions||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2005-06||24-8||15-7 (T-3rd)||NE-10 Champions||Regional Semifinal|
|2006-07||15-14||10-12 (T-9th)||NE-10 Quarterfinals|
|2007-08||13-14||11-11 (9th)||NE-10 First Round|
|2008-09||17-13||10-12 (9th)||NE-10 Semifinals|
|2009-10||20-11||14-8 (T-4th)||NE-10 Semifinals||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2010-11||19-9||14-8 (T-5th)||NE-10 Quarterfinals|
|2012-13||23-6||18-4 (1st - Regular Season Champions)||NE-10 Semifinals||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2013-14||22-8||17-4 (1st NE-10 NE - Regular Season Champions)||NE-10 Semifinals||Regional Final|
|2014-15||19-10||14-7 (2nd NE-10 NE)||NE-10 Runner Up||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2015-16||23-8||15-6 (2nd NE-10 NE)||NE-10 Semifinals||Regional Final|
|2016-17||20-9||13-8 (2nd NE10 NE)||NE10 Champions||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2017-18||22-9||15-6 (1st - Regular Season Champions)||NE-10 Runner Up||Regional Quarterfinal|