Ron Dickerson, the first president of the Black Coaches Association who has 40 years of NCAA Division I football coaching experience, visited the United States Sports Academy on Wednesday, April 25.

Dickerson, who now is on the coaching staff of his son, Ron Dickerson Jr., who heads the Gardner-Webb’s football program in Boiling Springs, N.C., was in Alabama on a recruiting trip.

Dickerson, who was the first black head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A), has served as head coach at several universities, including Temple and Alabama State. He also served as secondary coach on the 1987 Penn State national championship team, and was the Clemson defensive coordinator when it had the No. 1 ranked defense in 1991 and won an Atlantic Coast Conference title. For more information on Dickerson, click here.

Pictured from left to right are: Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Dickerson and Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich.