GLASSBORO, NJ - Rowan head baseball coach Mike Dickson (photo) has been named the ABCA/ATEC NCAA Divison III Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, receiving the award for the first time in his career.
ABCA Coaches of the Year
This season, Dickson led Rowan to an NCAA Regional Championship and to its first NCAA Division III World Series since 2005. He guided the Profs to the second NJAC Championship during his tenure, and the 17th in school history, while earning the top seed in the NCAA Marietta Regional. Dickson also received th conference's Coach of the Year award for the first time.
Rowan went 29-6 overall and 17-1 in conference play and finished the year ranked seventh in the nation in the D3Baseball.com poll, its highest ranking since the inaugural poll in 2010.
He has compiled a 180-80 record in seven years at Rowan, which includes four appearances in the NCAA Regionals. The former Prof All-American has amassed an overall head coaching record of 511-164 in 16 years, counting nine successful seasons in the junior college ranks at Rowan College at Gloucester County.
The ABCA/ATEC Coaches of the Year are selected in all nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division and high school. Coaches of the Year are selected by members of the ABCA All-America and Coach of the Year Committees.
The ABCA/ATEC National and Regional Coaches of the Year will be honored on Friday, Jan. 7 in the main clinic hall prior to the start of clinics at the 78th annual ABCA Convention, which will be held Jan. 6-9, 2022, in Chicago, IL.
Dickson completed his sixth season at the helm of the Rowan University baseball program in 2020 and owns a 151-74 record with three appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and one New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) title. He has also served in the role of assistant athletic director since taking over as head coach in 2014.
The former Prof All-American has amassed an overall head coaching record of 511-162 in 15 years, counting nine successful seasons in the junior college ranks at Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC; formerly Gloucester County College).
Five of Dickson’s former players have gone on to sign professional contracts, with Andrew DiPiazza signing a minor-league deal with the Colorado Rockies in 2020, after starting his career in the American Association of Independent Baseball League. Matt Woods was selected in the 29th round of the 2019 MLB Draft and Danny Sereino was chosen in the 32nd round of that same draft. Andrew Cartier also signed a contract in the American Association while Andrew Cohen inked a contract in the USPBL.
In the 2020 season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Profs were 6-0 and ranked 11th in the nation as ranked by D3Baseball.com.
The 2019 Profs went 32-13, captured the NJAC regular-season title with a 14-4 record and earned their third NCAA bid under Dickson while reaching the Regional Final. Center fielder Matt Woods, one of the top offensive players in the nation, was named the NJAC Player of the Year and earned All-America Second Team honors by both the ABCA and D3baseball.com.
Rowan captured the NJAC Championship in 2018 and participated in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, ending the year with a 35-11 record, for the most wins under Dickson. Right-hander pitcher Danny Serreino, the region’s ABCA Pitcher of the Year, was tabbed an All-American, with second-team honors by D3baseball.com and third-team status by the ABCA.
In 2017, the Profs reached the final day of the NJAC Championship and earned their first NCAA bid under Dickson playing in the South Regional and finishing the season with a 29-18 record. Named the 10th coach in Rowan’s history in 2014-15, his first team went 25-14 while the 2016 squad finished the campaign at 24-18.
Dickson returned to the University after leading RCGC to a 360-88 record and two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Championships, in 2010 and 2013. That 2013 squad went 49-3 and earned the school’s seventh national title while Dickson received the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year award from the College Baseball Hall of Fame, an honor that encompasses all levels of college baseball.
In 2010, RCGC went 43-2 to post the highest single-season winning percentage in NJCAA Division III history en route to the national championship. Dickson was named the Coach of the Year by the NJCAA, the ABCA and Diamond Sports, and in his nine seasons there, he earned the District Coach of the Year honor six times. That team was inducted into the school’s Roadrunner Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.
He began his coaching career in 2001 at his alma mater, Gloucester Catholic High School, and then returned to Rowan later that year, and in four seasons with the Profs, helped them go 96-32, win two NJAC titles and advance to the Division III World Series in 2004. Dickson then joined the staff at the University of Pennsylvania before taking the post at RCGC.
Dickson was a standout player for the Profs from 1997 to 2000, and in 1999, was chosen to the ABCA All-America Second Team and as the Player of the Year in the NJAC, NJCBA Division II/III and ECAC Metro. He was also a three-time selection to the NJAC All-Conference, New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) All-State and ABCA All-Region teams. The team captain in 1999 and 2000, Dickson set the school records for hits in a season (72) and career (215), doubles in a career (41), runs in a season (57) and runs per game (1.58), which have since been eclipsed.
Dickson was honored for his playing career with induction into the Rowan University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.
He graduated from Rowan in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in education with a specialization in health and physical education, and earned his master’s from the University in 2005 in higher education administration, while receiving the Medallion Award for academic excellence.
Dickson and his wife, the former Danielle Addeo, who is a 2001 Rowan graduate, have two daughters, Mia (8) and Paige (5).