Ron Dickerson, Jr.- Dean of Students, Academic Assistant and Offensive Coordinator
The latest addition to the ECP coaching staff comes to us with a superb list of accomplishments. After four years at the University of Arkansas, where he played running back and wide receiver, as well as averaging 25 yards as a return specialist, Ron has gone on to a long and varied football career that has included everything from two years playing in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles to Head Coach of Division I Gardner-Webb University, Ron also spent a year playing wide receiver for the Scottish Claymores, a team that ended up winning the NFL Europe Championship the year Ron played for them.. Ron has, in fact, been around the game of football all his life. His father, Ron Dickerson, Sr., was a long-time college and professional football coach, including a total of seven years as the head coach at Alabama State and Temple.
Ron's coaching resume is, to use a figure of speech, as long as your arm. Before stepping down as Gardner-Webb head coach to care for his ailing father, Ron coached 10 players on the Big South All Conference team and increased the program's Academic Progress Rate. Three of his players went on to the NFL.
In 2007, Houston Nutt welcomed a former pupil to his first Ole Miss staff when he announced the addition of Ron Dickerson, Jr. as wide receivers coach. Ron's tenure in Oxford saw him tutor a trio of record-setting Rebels in Shay Hodge, Dexter McCluster and Mike Wallace. Hodge and McCluster earned first team All-SEC honors in 2009, while Wallace was a second team choice in 2008. All three players followed their time in the Red and Blue with NFL careers, with McCluster getting drafted in the 2010 second round by Kansas City and Wallace going in the 2009 third round to Pittsburgh. Hodge signed with Cincinnati.
In his first season with the Rebels in 2008, Dickerson mentored a Rebel receiving corps that hauled in a total of 16 TD passes. Hodge led that group with eight TD receptions, which was also tied for first in the SEC. Wallace turned in all seven of his TD catches in the last five games of the season. Hodge, Wallace and McCluster were honored as All-SEC performers by various outlets.
Before coming to Ole Miss, Ron coached the previous three seasons at Louisiana-Monroe, where he served as defensive backs and assistant head coach in 2007. In his final year in Monroe, the Warhawks became bowl eligible for the first time since they made the jump to Division I-A in 1994 and ended the season winning five of their last six games, including a 21-14 victory at Alabama.
Ron also worked three seasons at Missouri State, where he coached running backs and special teams, in addition to serving as the team's NFL liaison. Ron guided Bears tailback Cody Pratt to back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including the second-best rushing season in MSU history with 1,223 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns in 2003.
Dickerson held positions with professional teams prior to his time at MSU. He worked in 2001 as an offensive and special teams intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and in 2000 as running backs and special teams coach with the XFL Las Vegas Outlaws.
Ron is results oriented and highly intelligent, and he applies his extensive analytical skills not only to improve what happens on the field but also to what happens in the classroom. ECP is extremely fortunate to have him as a staff member and we welcome him on board.