NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — The end of an era today in New Britain. After 20 years as head coach at Central Connecticut State University, Howie Dickenman coached his last game today for the Blue Devils.
Wearing a red bow tie today to honor his father, who always wore a bow tie as a coach. Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore and UConn Assistant Coach Karl Hobbs, plus UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie, all attended the game for Howie.
Central senior Brandon Peel played his last game as a Blue Devil. He helped give the Blue Devils a big lead early. Unfortunately, this one did not go Central’s way. Fairleigh Dickinson was able to come back and beat the Blue Devils.
Final score was 81 to 75, but that didn’t matter in the end. Today was all about the great Howie Dickenman. 40 years in college basketball comes to an end.
“He’s meant so much to this place. He’s part of the fabric of the institution. He’s meant so much to basketball in the state of Connecticut. He’s a Blue Devil through and through,” said Paul Schlickmann, CCSU Director of Athletics.
“He’s done a lot of great things for me, not only on the basketball court, but introducing me kind of to UConn basketball, but what he’s done for me off of the court. Just teaching me how to be responsible as a young man,” said Ollie. “I owe him a lot and I love him so much. It seems like 20 years went by fast.”