Everything falls ‘into place’ for incoming Harrison coach
by Emily Horos
January 03, 2013 12:44 AM | 8022 views | 9 9 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One year after first applying for the coaching position at Harrison and then having second thoughts, Matt Dickmann threw his name into the hat again, and he will now be tasked with boosting the Hoyas’ fortunes back from a tumultuous 2012 season.
<Br>The Palm Beach Post / Bruce R. Bennett
One year after first applying for the coaching position at Harrison and then having second thoughts, Matt Dickmann threw his name into the hat again, and he will now be tasked with boosting the Hoyas’ fortunes back from a tumultuous 2012 season.
The Palm Beach Post / Bruce R. Bennett
When Matt Dickmann was told by one of his assistants that there was a coaching vacancy at a school in the metro-Atlanta area, the Seminole Ridge High School football coach took it as a sign.

Dickmann, who spent the last eight seasons as the head coach of the Loxahatchee, Fla., program, had been looking for a job in Georgia in order to give his family more opportunities.

That’s where Harrison came in.

What’s more, Dickmann applied for the very same position at Harrison when it opened after the departure of David Hines following the 2011 season.

Dickmann said his wife originally told him about the opening when looking for a prospective place to live, and he contacted former Harrison coach Bruce Cobleigh, with whom he is acquainted. Dickmann eventually applied for the job and interviewed for the position, but he didn’t pursue the job further after realizing it wasn’t a good time to leave Seminole Ridge.

A year later, when the job reopened following the midseason resignation of Marty Galbraith and the brief return of Cobleigh to the coaching reins, Dickmann had a different feeling.

“It just wasn’t the right time (last year) because of various circumstances, but a year later, when the job came open again, I was very interested,” Dickmann said. “I have a lot of faith, and that’s something my wife and I talked about. It’s like, ‘What bigger sign than that do you need?’ But I did a lot of praying about it and thinking.”

Dickmann’s hiring became official a few days before Christmas, when he resigned his position at Seminole Ridge.

The 47-year-old Dickmann, who is currently preparing for his move to the Kennesaw area, said it will be nice living close to his job, as his commute to Seminole Ridge was 60 miles. He and his wife are looking at two houses near the school — the furthest is 3 miles away.

“It’s about my family,” said the father of two daughters, ages 8 and 11. “I think it’ll be a good place to have the kids go to school and raise the family.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the area and Harrison, so I really think it’s the best for my family.”

Dickmann said that, as a football coach, you have to be “all-in” but he couldn’t do that with his long commute in Florida without taking time and resources away from his family.

“You have to be sold-out for the kids, and that’s what I was doing, but it was financially costing on my family,” Dickmann said. “It was either take a lesser role — step down — or take the Harrison job, and everything just fell into place. So that’s what we are going to do. We are going to give 110 percent.”

Dickmann said, when it comes to coaching, he thinks Georgia is the place to be.

“Georgia is top-notch the way they have their facilities and programs, so it’s a win-win for my family, and it’s also a good situation for me, too, for a job,” Dickmann said.

The new coach has talked on the phone to several of the current assistants at Harrison, and said that he is looking forward to meeting with them in the next few days. He plans to hold his first weight-training session with the team Monday.

Dickmann said weight-training will be an area of focus for the Hoyas. While he is open to a lot of possibilities as far as the offense and defense the team will run, he believes it all starts with training.

“We will build through the weight room and evaluate what we have in all aspects and what we need to do,” Dickmann said. “We’ll move forward, but our foundation will be in the weight room.”

Dickmann has heard that the Harrison players are dedicated, so he will focus on doing everything he can to make them successful on and off the field.
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So Flo
March 26, 2013
One thing you all need to understand is that you are getting one of the best coach/mentor you could ever ask for. As a former player and coach for him, you will not get a better person than you are getting with Coach D. You just hit the JACKPOT with him. Believe that.
The Lox
January 15, 2013
You guys got a great head coach and a great man to lead your football team if its anything your boys will learn is how to be great young men as well as how to win games Good luck Coach D the Ridge misses ya
Power Of Dixieland
January 05, 2013
HWGA - get in or get out, you're not doing anybody any favors (especially your, kids if they play). The rest of region 4 is pulling for Coach Dickman to get Harrison where they SHOULD be. We need you guys to strengthen the pack.
January 07, 2013
Thanks for the reply Power of Dixie.....no need to worry about me or my family.......we think this is a great hire and we support it 100%..,,,,,,my statement was for those who don't believe and are Pre-judging a man before he even starts the job. We can't change their minds...just don't jump to conclusions until he has time to prove himself. Go Hoyas!!!
Thnx Common Sense
January 04, 2013
I agree with you! Let's give this guy and his young family a chance. His resume and reasons for wanting this job sound pretty sincere to me. Our parents at Harrison have a bad rap and its because of comments like I see here. I wonder if their employers expect as much out of them as they do the coaches and teachers at Harrison? If so - I doubt they deliver. I am involved with several groups at Harrison and have met some really wonderful parents who help out out of the goodness of their hearts. I HAVE found though that the people who complain the loudest are the ones who don't do anything to help - they just like to complain and don't want to do anything to make things better. Good Luck to Coach D and WELCOME! Not all of us in West Cobb are jerks.
January 04, 2013
Unbelievable.....the Coach isn't here yet and we already have people judging him. He most likely knows Cobleigh from an offensive camp somewhere. They aren't friends....they know each other from the business. Let's actually give the man a chance to make a difference before we judge him....
Now it makes sense
January 03, 2013
“Acquaintance of Cobleigh”, now we know why he got the job!

This guy is in over his head, he will get chewed up and spit out by the parents and booster club.

I thought Griggers said HE was the one who picked the coach. Looks to me like Cobleigh made this one.

Common Sense
January 03, 2013
Way to support the new head coach before he is even in the building. It is no wonder why Harrison can't keep a head coach and the program is down. Sounds like Harrison picked a winner in my opinion. People like you are a cancer to any organization. So what if he is an acquaintance...it is called networking and connections.
mike lubinski
May 02, 2013
Coach D was my offensive coordinator at Jupiter High School(Jupiter, FL)in the 1990s. He is the best and no one works harder than him! 15 years later I still follow his workout plane in the gym.
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