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UWF football hires former Division I head coach, NFL player Ron Dickerson Jr.

Eric J. Wallace
 
| Pensacola News Journal

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A former Division I head football coach is now on staff with the University of West Florida football team. 

UWF announced the hiring of Ron Dickerson Jr. on Tuesday as the Argos’ wide receivers coach. It’s the Argos’ second splash coaching move of 2021 after former Azusa Pacific head coach Rudy Carlton joined as offensive coordinator earlier this year.

Dickerson most recently served as offensive coordinator at Jackson State in 2019 and was listed as special teams coordinator with the team in 2020 under first-year head coach Deion Sanders. 

Dickerson Jr. is a breakthrough figure in college football history. Gardner Webb hired him as head coach in 2011, making Dickerson Jr. the first African-American head coach in the history of the Big South Conference (founded 1983). 

He resigned after two seasons with a 7-15 record and took time away from coaching to care for his father, according to Jackson State’s team website. He resumed his coaching career at Morgan State in 2017. 

Dickerson Jr.’s coaching resume includes stints as an assistant coach at Ole Miss, Louisiana Monroe and Missouri State. He played college football as a returner at Arkansas and was professional from 1993-97 with the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), Scottish Claymores and London Monarchs (NFL Europe). 

Dickerson is the son of former Temple and Alabama State head coach Ron Dickerson Sr. 

Eric J. Wallace can be reached at ejwallace@pnj.com or 850-525-5087. 

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