Keith Dickson is entering his 34th season as the Head Coach of the Saint Anselm men's basketball program in 2019-20.
During his 33 seasons on the Hilltop, Dickson has an overall record of 643-334 (.658) 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, Dickson enters the 2019-20 season with the 13th most victories by any coach with at least 10 years in NCAA Division II (643) and is tied for the Northeast-10 Conference record for career coaching wins.
Most recently, Dickson piloted the Hawks to its second NCAA Division II East Region Championship in 2018-19. Making the squad's first Elite Eight apperance since the 1999-00 season, the Hawks toppled fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern on Mar. 27, 2019 and earned the program's first-ever trip to the Final Four. The program also picked up its highest-ever ranking in the national coaches' poll during the season, checking in as the No. 4 team in NCAA Division II on Nov. 21, 2018.
Since his selection as Head Coach prior to the 1986-87 season, Dickson has led the Hawks to eight Northeast-10 Conference Championships and 19 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 five 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, winning back-to-back regular season titles on three occasions, including the 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns.
Due to the Hawks' successful Northeast-10 seasons, the program has gone on to earn 19 bids to the NCAA Division II national tournament under Dickson and two East Region titles, making appearances in the "Elite Eight" in 2000 and 2019. Dickson's Hawks have never gone more than three years without an NCAA berth, and are currently riding a run of seven-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, his teams have posted a winning mark in 24 of the last 27 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 51-26 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 five 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 15 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)||NE10 Champions||Regional Third Place|
|1987-88||15-14||10-8 (T-4th)||NE10 Semifinals|
|1988-89||17-12||13-5 (T-2nd)||NE10 Semifinals|
|1989-90||21-11||12-6 (2nd)||NE10 Champions||Regional Final|
|1990-91||11-19||7-11 (T-6th)||NE10 Semifinals|
|1991-92||14-16||9-9 (T-5th)||NE10 Runner Up|
|1992-93||20-11||13-5 (T-2nd)||NE10 Champions||Regional Third Place Runner Up|
|1993-94||18-10||12-6 (2nd)||NE10 Quarterfinals||Regional Semifinal|
|1994-95||26-5||16-2 (1st - Regular Season Champions)||NE10 Champions||Regional Third Place|
|1995-96||28-3||16-0 (1st- Regular Season Champions)||NE10 Champions||Regional Final|
|1996-97||17-11||11-7 (T-2nd)||NE10 Semifinals|
|1997-98||19-10||13-7 (4th)||NE10 Runner Up|
|1998-99||20-8||14-4 (1st - Regular Season Champions)||NE10 Quarterfinals||Regional Semifinal|
|1999-00||23-9||13-5 (T-1st - Regular Season Tri-Champions)||NE10 Semifinals||East Region Champions
NCAA Division II Elite Eight
|2000-01||21-7||17-5 (T-2nd)||NE10 Quarterfinals||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2001-02||19-11||13-9 (T-5th)||NE10 Runner Up|
|2002-03||13-14||10-12 (10th)||NE10 First Round|
|2003-04||17-12||13-9 (T-6th)||NE10 Quarterfinals|
|2004-05||24-7||16-6 (T-3rd)||NE10 Champions||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2005-06||24-8||15-7 (T-3rd)||NE10 Champions||Regional Semifinal|
|2006-07||15-14||10-12 (T-9th)||NE10 Quarterfinals|
|2007-08||13-14||11-11 (9th)||NE10 First Round|
|2008-09||17-13||10-12 (9th)||NE10 Semifinals|
|2009-10||20-11||14-8 (T-4th)||NE10 Semifinals||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2010-11||19-9||14-8 (T-5th)||NE10 Quarterfinals|
|2012-13||23-6||18-4 (1st - Regular Season Champions)||NE10 Semifinals||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2013-14||22-8||17-4 (1st - Regular Season Champions)||NE10 Semifinals||Regional Final|
|2014-15||19-10||14-7 (2nd NE-10 NE)||NE10 Runner Up||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2015-16||23-8||15-6 (2nd NE-10 NE)||NE10 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)||NE10 Runner Up||Regional Quarterfinal|
|2018-19||26-6||18-3 (1st - Regular Season Champions)||NE10 Quarterfinals||East Region Champions
NCAA Division II Final Four