The WBCA celebrates Erin Dickerson, 2016-17 Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards honoree, as she begins her first season as assistant coach at Georgetown University.
Dickerson comes from Townson University where she served two years as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. Under her guidance, the Tigers became the first Colonial Athletic Association team since 2012 to sweep James Madison during the regular season.
Get to know Dickerson as she works to grow our sport.
Take us through the moment you realized you wanted to be a coach.
I had the opportunity to be coached by some amazing people — my dad, Corry Irvin and Mac Irvin. Playing for individuals who had such a positive impact on numerous student-athletes inspired me to do the same.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned from your student-athletes?
Well, the most interesting thing about my job is that I learn something new from our student-athletes every day.
What is your technique for establishing respect among student-athletes — being close to their age?
I am transparent with our student-athletes. I let them know that as a student-athlete, I, too, took a couple of bumps and bruises, but you must learn from them on your path to success. They know that while on that path, I’ll be there with them every step of the way.
How do you balance your work life and personal life?
That’s easy — I’ve had great bosses. I’ve been blessed to work for coaches who really believe that we can’t preach family to our student-athletes if we aren’t present with our own family. When it comes to time with my daughter, I try not to do anything until she’s gone to bed. Once she’s asleep, I continue with the rest of my work for the day.
What does it mean to you to be recognized as a WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards honoree?
This award means so much to me. I love what I do, and I put my all into it. To be recognized for the hard work I’ve put in is motivating, and I’m grateful.
The WBCA recognizes annually the WBCA's Thirty Under 30 honorees. This recognition was created to honor 30 of the up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under in the sport at all levels of the game. For more information on the award, click here.