Former Ohio State associate head coach Dave Dickerson has been named the new head men's basketball coach at USC Upstate, the school announced Friday morning.
Southern Sports Platform's TeLante' Webber was the first to report the hire.
USC Upstate names South Carolina native Dave Dickerson as new Head Mens Basketball coach— TeLante' Webber (@TelanteWebber) March 30, 2018
Dickerson was an assistant coach at Ohio State for the final seven seasons of Thad Matta's tenure coaching the Buckeyes, serving as the Buckeyes' associate head coach from 2011 until this past summer, when Matta and his coaching staff were let go.
A South Carolina native who played college basketball at Maryland, Dickerson was previously the head coach at Tulane before joining the Ohio State staff. Dickerson was a scout for the NBA's Utah Jazz this past season.
"We could not be more pleased that Coach Dickerson will return to his home state to lead the Spartans," USC Upstate chancellor Brandon Kelly said in the school's release. "With 12 NCAA post-season appearances, eight Sweet Sixteens, three Final Fours and a National Championship, he brings an all-new level of experience to the Upstate region, and we look forward to a fantastic future."
As for Matta's other assistant coaches who were let go last summer, Chris Jent is currently an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks. Greg Paulus was an assistant coach at Louisville this past season, but it has not yet been announced whether he will be retained by new Cardinals head coach Chris Mack.