He knew many of the players were going to be playing for their third head coach in as many seasons, but Dickmann said there was no looking back to what the previous staffs had done.
Dickmann took over in January as Harrison’s fourth head coach in program history. He follows Marty Galbraith, who resigned after only seven games amid allegations of inappropriate conduct, and the four-year tenure of David Hines. Over the last four seasons, the Hoyas have gone 17-24, including 4-6 last year, and they have only one playoff appearance, which came in 2010.
“I can only do what I know how to do,” said Dickmann, who built a 52-33 record at Seminole Ridge High School in Florida since taking over for the 2005 season, which included a winless first year. “Everybody has been moving forward. It’s been positive from the kids and it’s been positive from the community.”
Dickmann said he purposely overloaded the Hoyas this spring implementing 75 percent of the offense and 65 to 70 percent of the defense, but he added that the players seemed to be quick learners, despite making some mental errors in the end of spring Blue and Green game.
“You overload, and then get to the end and pull back and see what we’re going to be good at. That’s what we did in the scrimmage,” Dickmann said.
“With only four offensive and four defensive practices before the Blue and Green game we made some mental errors, but I can live with the mental errors, because they can be fixed.”
Dickmann said 85 players from ninth through 11th grade were on the field this spring, and he plans on having them in summer workouts, working in the weight room and on fundamentals as soon as school lets out.
On the field, Dickmann said he was happy with the effort his team showed during spring practice and said he saw many good things, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
“(Quarterback) Lorenzo Nunez did a great job leading the offense,” he said. “And (receiver) Drevon Jones. Those two can be quite a pair. And I think we have some really good offensive linemen.”
Nunez returns for his second year under center after throwing for 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012. Jones was sixth in the county in receiving, catching 40 passes for 668 yards and seven touchdowns.