Sherman Dillard

Sherman Dillard (born September 1, 1955)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Iowa Hawkeyes (Head coach: Fran McCaffery)
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Teams coached: Indiana State Sycamores, James Madison Dukes
Indiana State record: 29-51 (.363)
James Madison record: 93-106 (.467)
Overall record: 122-157 (.437)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CAA Regular Season Champion:  1  (2000)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-present Iowa (asst)
1997-2004 James Madison
1994-1997 Indiana State
1988-1994 Georgia Tech (asst)
1985-1988 California (asst)
1980-1985 Maryland (asst)

Sherman Dillard Facts

  • Sherman Dillard
  • Born September 1, 1955
  • Alma Mater: James Madison University (BS, 1978)
  • The Virginia-native played at James Madison for coach Lou Campanelli during their transition from D-II to D-I
    • Named All-America honorable mention four times and Academic All-America three times
    • Graduated magna cum laude in 1978; inducted into the JMU Hall of Fame in 2013
  • Started coaching in 1980, spending five seasons as an assistant at Maryland under HOF coach Lefty Driesell
    • Was part of four NCAA Tournaments (three Sweet Sixteens) and one NIT during his time with the Terps
  • Joined his college coach Campanelli‘s staff at California in 1985, assisting there for three seasons
  • Left the West Coast in 1988 to be an assistant for another HOFer, Bobby Cremins, at Georgia Tech
    • In his six seasons at Tech, went to five NCAA Tournaments (including a trip to the 1990 Final Four)
  • Became a head coach in 1994, leading the Indiana State Sycamores for three seasons
    • Went 29-51 over that tenure, showing slight win total improvements each season at the helm
  • Resigned to take over at alma mater James Madison in 1997, replacing his old mentor Driesell
    • Was 93-106 over the next seven seasons, highlighted by a 20-9 record and shared CAA title in 2000
    • Resigned in 2004 after four straight sub-.500 seasons
  • Worked at Nike for the next six years as a basketball marketing representative and global camp director
  • Returned to coaching in 2010, joining Fran McCaffery‘s staff at Iowa as the lead assistant
    • During his time in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes have been to four NCAA Tournaments and three NITs
  • Along with his wife, Dena, has two sons

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