Where are they now — Dave Dickson

Dave was easy to find…coaches usually are. Successful coaches even more so.

See if you can pick Dave out of this shot (this is his team, Squalicum HS, near Bellingham, at the State Tourney in 2005). I’ve given you a tiny clue:

Dave has racked up a pretty impressive record as coach — here’s what the Bellingham paper has to say about that:

Dave Dickson, who guided the Storm in its inaugural 1998-99 season, has replaced Mike McKee as coach.

Dickson, head of Squalicum’s history department, has been McKee’s assistant for the past three seasons.
“As difficult as it is to find good coaches, we had Dave in the building,” said McKee, Squalicum athletic director. “We had the personnel we wanted right here.”
Dickson has 12 seasons of head coaching experience, compiling a record of 157-126 at Oak Harbor, Bellingham and Squalicum high schools.
He has been to the state tournament four times as a head coach. He is the last coach to take Oak Harbor to state (1989).
While at Bellingham, Dickson took the team to state in 1993, 1996 and 1997. The Red Raiders placed fourth in 1997.
As an assistant at Squalicum, Dickson has been to the state tournament in each of his three seasons.

When he’s off the court, Dave is head of Squalicum’s History department (he was selected by this year’s graduating class as the school’s “Most Influential Teacher”!), and is on the advisory board of the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education.

Dave adds:

[There are...] a couple of things about me you might not have learned on Google……. Like Jamie and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this summer.  We are also facing the empty nest (in a year) as our youngest of 3, Adam, readies for his senior year at Squalicum.  Our daughter, Allison, got married last October and Aaron just finished his freshman year at The Master’s College, a small Christian school in Santa Clarita, CA (right by Magic Mountain).  You probably won’t be surprised to know Aaron earned a basketball scholarship to TMC.  The picture you put in the web page includes Aaron (holding a ball, next to #15). 

Dave’s team has a basketball tourney this weekend, but he hopes to make it to the Picnic on Sunday, July 16.  As Dave says:

I’m sure you’ve read one of my favorites, A River Runs Through It.  In the MacLean family you couldn’t distinguish between fly fishing and religion; in the Dickson family the lines blur between basketball and religion.  Scott, I hope the reunion goes well and I would love to see you and others.  We’ll see what happens. 

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