Dickson steps down at Bloomsburg
After 13 seasons, coach to pursue other opportunities
BLOOMSBURG -- Bloomsburg University women's soccer coach Sandy Dickson has announced that she will be resigning her position effective May 31 to pursue other opportunities.
Dickson is one of only two women's soccer coaches in the history of the sport at BU. In 13 seasons as head coach, Dickson guided the Huskies to 10 PSAC playoff berths, one undefeated regular season, two PSAC championships and a berth in seven NCAA championship tournaments. For her career she compiled a record of 139-89-27.
“As I move on to the next stage of my career, I would like to thank Bloomsburg University and the athletic administration for the opportunity to lead the soccer program for so many years,” said Dickson. “Also thanks to all of my colleagues within the department for their loyal friendship. A special thanks to men's coach Paul Payne, who has been like a brother to me and for his support, humor and friendship through the years.”
“I am proud of the level of excellence that has become the norm for the program, and the way all of the women's players have represented the university, the program and themselves with class,” Dickson continued. “The program has been the biggest part of my life for the past 15 years, and to say I will miss it and the players would be an understatement.
Athletic director Mary Gardner is proud of the work done by Dickson.
“Sandy has been a dedicated staff member who has done a great job coaching and mentoring many young women throughout her tenure as BU women's soccer coach,” said Gardner. “We wish her well with her future endeavors.”
During the 2000 season, she led the Huskies to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals, while in 1998 she was named the PSAC and NSCAA Mid-Atlantic regional Coach of the Year.
In 2010 Dickson led the Huskies to 13 victories, the seventh time under her leadership the team had double digit victories in a season. The Huskies also advanced to the NCAA playoffs winning its opening round game.
In 2008, the Huskies made their eighth PSAC playoff appearance under Dickson and featured the PSAC Eastern Division Athlete of the Year in Kelly Modes, while three other players were named second second team All-PSAC. Both Modes and Kristine Preski were also named second team All-Region. That year the Huskies finished at 13-5-1, and placed six players on the All- PSAC East team, and four players on the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas NCAA Division II Women All-Atlantic Region team.
Overall seven players were honored eight times with All-American honors while Dickson was head coach, including most recently Katie Walczuk in 2010, who was a second team selection.
Dickson also thanked her mentor in the coaching field, former Bloomsburg University head women's soccer coach Chuck Laudermilch.
“Many thanks to my mentor and friend, former women's coach Chuck (Laudermilch) for bringing me to BU so many years ago, and teaching me from day one what truly matters in coaching,” said Dickson. “I will forever be grateful to all I have learned from him.”
Dickson, who was an assistant coach at Bloomsburg for three years before taking over as head coach, is a 1994 graduate of Rutgers University. At Rutgers, she was a four-year member of the women's soccer team, serving as captain during her senior year. As a midfielder, she helped the Scarlet Knights to three Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) titles (1990-92) and a ranking of 13th in the nation in Division I.
As a high school performer, Dickson was named a regional All-American in both 1988 and 1989 and was named the 1989 New Jersey South Midfielder of the Year in addition to all-state honors.
Dickson, who holds the NSCAA National Diploma coaching license, also holds a master's degree in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg. Dickson also serves as the NSCAA National All-American Chairperson, as well as the NSCAA Atlantic Region Chairperson.
“Leaving is always hard, but the program is in a very good place and I wish all of current players the very best on the field, in the classroom and in their futures,” Dickson said.