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HILLSBORO, Ore. - The Northwest Conference office released its Distinguished Service Award winners on Monday with Pacific Lutheran University's Steve Dickerson one of seven individuals to earn the accolade.
Dickerson logged 14 years of service at Pacific Lutheran, including the last 11 as the head men's basketball coach for the Lutes. A coach since 1970, Dickerson tallied 132 career wins with PLU, including 116 of those as head coach before stepping down after the 2016-2017 season. Highlighting his tenure with the Lutes was their run to the NWC Tournament Championship game during the 2015-2016 season, finishing the year with the program's highest win total since the 1997-1998 campaign.
Dickerson's greatest impact has arguably been off the court, mentoring young student-athletes with his "Real Life Wednesday" program while also being actively involved across campus and with Pierce County Recreation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. Dickerson has been honored with the PLU Distinguished Staff of the Year Award, the PLU Athletics Service Award, and the Rick Eastman Award for Excellence for Mentoring.
Prior to PLU, Dickerson spent 33 years coaching at the high school level in Ohio, including 19 as a head coach. Dickerson was named Coach of the Year on four occasions, earned the OHSAA Sportsmanship and Ethics Award in 2003 while earning induction into the Ohio District X Hall of Fame in 2006.
The NWC Distinguished Service Award honors coaches, faculty athletic representatives (FARs), athletic directors, and other administrators who have given outstanding service to the NWC. Nominees for this award are approved by the NWC's Board of Athletics Administrators.