Former Central Connecticut State University player and basketball coach Howie Dickenman will be the focus of a retirement roast on Saturday night at the Farmington Marriott.
There will be some A-list guests and speakers at the event including UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, former UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun, Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell and Mayor Erin Stewart among others.
Dickenman got his start as a basketball coach at New Britain High School where he served as an assistant coach from 1970-1973. Before taking over as the CCSU head coach in 1996, he had stops as an assistant coach at CCSU and UConn, among a couple of other places, where he served 10 years under the Hall-of-Famer Calhoun.
In his 20 seasons as the head coach of the Blue Devils, Dickenman finished with a record of 282-311 and led the team to the NCAA Tournament on three separate occasions, although the team bowed out in the first round each time. The Norwich native earned NEC Coach of the Year four times before retiring at the end of 2015-16 season. Donyell Marshall has since replaced him as the head coach of CCSU.
Dickenman was also a collegiate athlete at CCSU where he played from 1966-1969 as a center despite being just 6-foot-four. The former head coach was drafted by the Phoenix Suns as the first pick of the 17th round in the 1969 NBA Draft but never played in the league.
Tickets to the event cost $100 and proceeds will benefit CCSU men’s basketball and New Britain Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. while dinner and the program start at 7 p.m. To register go to www.ccsu.edu/howieretirement .
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