Two years ago, Tom Dickman carved out some time in his busy schedule, taking a trip to Rockville to see Frederick Community College take on Harford Community College in the Maryland JUCO Division II state championship game.

FCC’s coach, Emonte Hill, was an assistant men’s basketball coach under Dickman at Hood College for a decade, and Dickman was there merely to offer a show of support. At the time, Dickman was serving as Hood’s athletic director and men’s basketball coach, so opportunities to do the same for other former players or coaches were few and far between.

“Just the nature of the job, whether it’s coaching or being an athletic director, sometimes it’s seven days a week, depending on what was going on,” Dickman said when reached by phone on Monday.

The 67-year-old Dickman, however, will soon have a little more time to do the same for several other former players or coaches, in addition to spending more time with his family and friends.

Hood announced on Monday that Dickman, who coached the Blazers’ basketball team for its first 12 seasons, will retire at the end of June next year, ending a five-year run as the school’s athletic director. Before Dickman started Hood’s basketball program in 2003, he was known for his excellence as Thomas Johnson’s high school basketball coach, winning 592 games and seven state titles over a 29-year career that began in 1973. A total of 30 former players who played either high school or college basketball under Dickman are currently coaching.

“I think there will be a lot of things that I’ve been kind of putting off and haven’t had a chance to do, and a lot of that has to do with [spending time with] people — people I know and people I haven’t had time to touch base with,” Dickman said. “Hopefully, I will now.”

Dickman also expressed a desire to spend more time with his wife, Kay, and his children, Erin, Adam and Chad, who currently coaches the Blazers’ men’s basketball and golf teams.

The elder Dickman became Hood’s AD in 2013, serving in that role in addition to coaching the basketball team for two seasons before resigning as basketball coach at the end of the 2014-2015 season.

“Tom Dickman has been synonymous with Blazer athletics and instrumental to the growth of the program under his leadership,” Hood president Andrea E. Chapdelaine said in a press release. “He has made a tremendous and positive impact on Hood’s student-athletes during his tenure.”

According to the release, Hood will announce Dickman’s successor early next year.

Dickman, who also coached the men’s and women’s golf teams from 2005-13, immediately mentioned starting the Blazers’ men’s basketball program when asked what stood out over his 15 years at Hood, calling it “a monumental task, looking back on it.” Completing that task soon paid dividends for Dickman, who won 175 games, with 10 of his 12 seasons resulting in records of .500 or better. In just the fourth year of the program, Dickman guided the Blazers to what is still the school’s only men’s basketball NCAA Division III tournament appearance in 2007. Hood won the Capital Athletic Conference title and finished 21-8.

The growth of Hood athletics also stood out for Dickman, who emphasized the quick progress of a baseball team that logged its first season in 2015 and just recently played .500 baseball in its third campaign. Hood also launched a women’s golf team in Dickman’s tenure. Dickman said he also enjoyed being around a diverse group of coaches that ranges from veterans in softball coach Terry Burdette and women’s basketball coach Jack Mehl to 20-somethings such as men’s lacrosse coach Brad Barber and women’s lacrosse coach Molly Frazier.

After the end of the school year, Dickman plans on being more of a fan in the world of athletics. He’d like to take in the electric atmosphere surrounding high-level competition, so being around some tailgating events at an Alabama or Florida football game sounded appealing to him. Dickman may have gotten a preview of what he’s likely to do after retiring during a Rotary Club of Frederick Holiday Classic game on Saturday.

Dickman was in the stands watching an exciting back-and-forth battle between Christopher Newport University and Catholic University, calling it “one of the best games I’ve seen in a long time.” After the game, he had a chat with Christopher Newport coach John Krikorian, a longtime acquaintance.

“I said, ‘It was really good I didn’t care who won. You had to sweat through that. I just enjoyed the game,’” Dickman said.

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