Kentucky State hires Dickens full-time

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Wayne Dickens has been hired as the Kentucky State University head football coach. His performance, as the interim coach, helped the school elevate him to their full-time coach.

Before becoming the interim head coach, he was the school’s wide receiver coach for the 2008 season. He began the 2009 season as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

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“He has successfully emerged through the process,” athletic director Denisha Hendricks said. “He is well-rounded coach with coaching experience on all levels.”

The team is 6-5 this season – and the Thorobreds have their first winning season in three years. Their defense is also 16th in the country.

“He created an environment of togetherness among staff and students,” Kendricks added. “He gets along well with the players. He has a very good relationship with the coaches and does not micromanage them. He allows them to coach.”

In addition, sophomore running back Shannon Frieson and junior running back Anthony Boykins have excelled, as each have rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season.

“We were efficient, consistent and very effective, which led to our success,” he said. “The players knew the routine, and there were no surprises.

“The difference between a good team and an average team is the level of consistency. I was fortunate to coach under a number of exceptional head coaches – two of which were Don James at the University of Washington and Ted Tollner at San Diego State University.”

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