Friday, December 26, 2014

Howie Dickenman: UConn head coach job may be most demanding in country

Spoke with Howie Dickenman this afternoon. Dickenman, of course, is in his 19th season as head coach at Central Connecticut State, which faces UConn for the first time in nine years on Sunday at the XL Center.

Dickenman was an assistant at UConn from 1982-96, as you all know, and was responsible for the recruitment of numerous players who helped the Huskies establish themselves as one of the elite programs in the nation, including Donyell Marshall, Donny Marshall, Travis Knight, Jake Voskuhl, Cliff Robinson ... and Kevin Ollie.

Here's some of what Dickenman had to say:

"To tell you the truth, I really don't like to play against people like them, but this was an opportunity to play the national champs. I never played against Karl Hobbs's teams, I never play against Steve Pikiell's teams, I don't play against Dave Leitao's teams when he was a head coach. But, this presented itself to play against the national champs."

"It's a great game for us, because it's an away game, but it's right down the road. And it creates a lot of interest on Central Connecticut's part."

(on Ollie)

"I've been one of the biggest supporters of him, because I've known him for so long. He's a class act, a great motivator, a great communicator, and one heck of a great coach, too."

"Look at his loyalty. That's one person who loves his alma mater. He speaks very proudly of it when I've heard him speak at different events. I don't know what the (NBA) offered him last year, but I can give you a ballpark of $4-5 million ... and he turned that down to stay home."

"I think head coach of University of Connecticut, in basketball, is one of the toughest jobs in the country. People say, 'How about Kentucky, how about Kansas?' But the media following and the demands, time-wise, of the head coach at Connecticut. Jim had 27 years of it, now Kevin's in his second year dealing with it. It's demanding."

(what does playing CCSU get out of playing UConn)

"We get to play a team that will help us be well-prepared for our league. It gives us, public relations-wise and credibility-wise, the chance to play in front of a lot of people."

"I'd have to say we're amped up more for this game than games in the past. It's only natural when you play the national champs.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howie was Jim Calhoun's asst. coach from 1982-1996 as you proudly state? Now how be dat if big Jim took the UCONNNN job for the 1986-1987 season? Are we to believe anything you say with this type of joke journalism?

December 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was a UCONN assistant 82-96, and stayed on for Calhoun. Very little proofing done in Newspapers today, filled with small but noticeable inaccuracies(like you pointed out), spelling errors, malapropisms and poor grammar. The sticklers are gone, replaced by flash with some content.

December 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous (this is a different author, clearly). Are you serious? You are going to nit-pick to that level. Borges is the best UConn beat writer. If you don't like his columns, go read the Sporting News, SI, or some other relic of journalism's past.

December 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM 
Blogger David Borges said...

How "courageous" it is to point out a relatively minor, factual error anonymously.

December 27, 2014 at 12:40 PM 
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