It’s difficult to pass on a basketball coach who wins 65 percent of his games, so Franklin Community High School didn’t.
Brad Dickey, who during the past five seasons posted a 107-23 record at Tipton High School and is 143-76 (.653) in his boys basketball coaching career, takes over the Grizzly Cubs program beginning the 2014-15 season.
Dickey succeeds former coach Jerry Bomholt, who posted a 31-14 mark in two seasons before taking the job at Southwestern (Hanover) High School, where he enjoyed success from 1997-2002.
“Franklin looks like a wonderful town and a great school. We’re really blessed to be part of it,” said Dickey, 44, who played for Bill Green at the University of Indianapolis and served under Royce Waltman as a Greyhounds assistant for one season.
Dickey graduated from Tipton in 1988, scoring more than 1,000 career points playing for former Blue Devils and Indian Creek coach Larry Angle.
As a coach, Dickey’s been even more impressive, leading his alma mater to four consecutive Class 2A sectional titles as well as three straight regional crowns from 2011-13.
Tipton’s assistant coach for two seasons (2007-09), Dickey was elevated to head coach after Travis Daugherty left to become coach at Chatard. Daugherty is now at Mount Vernon (Fortville).
Previous to that Dickey served five years as Perry Meridian’s reserve boys basketball coach, which led to four seasons as Edgewood High School’s varsity coach. Dickey also guided the Tipton girls program for two seasons (2002-04).
Dickey’s seven seasons on the Blue Devils’ boys bench from 2007-14 resulted in a 151 victories, which ties Munster High School for the top spot among all Indiana boys programs during that span.
Tipton’s three Class 2A semistate losses were by a combined 11 points — 53-50 to Hammond Noll (2011), 69-64 to Bowman Academy (2012) and again to Bowman in 2013 by a score of 67-64.
How the Grizzly Cubs will play promises to be something of a departure from Bomholt’s implementation of three guards and a 1-2-2 zone defense.
“We tend to play more man-to-man defense and use some sort of flex offense. We’ve been really aggressive moving the ball and shooting the ball, and it’s been fun,” Dickey said.
“Having a deep bench is definitely one of our goals, too. We want to have lots of moving parts and lots of participation.”
Dickey will teach English at Franklin Community High School.
“Some of the big pluses for me is Brad is in his mid-40s and has the ability to be here for a long time. And he’s a team player who always wants his athletes to play other sports,” Franklin athletics director John Regas said. “He’s just had a crazy amount of success at Tipton, and we really liked him a lot.”
Franklin’s newest Grizzly Cub also has thrived during tournament competition with a sectional record of 18-4 and a regional mark of 8-2.
“I’m excited to get someone of Brad’s caliber. It was very important to me that we had someone really good. It was a very small list (of candidates). We went after five people, and we’re really glad Brad accepted. He’s an experienced head coach and a proven winner,” Franklin principal Doug Harter said.
“Franklin has had a really strong basketball tradition, and we wanted to take it to that next level.”