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Sherman Dillard
Sherman  Dillard

Assistant Coach

Alama Mater:
James Madison, 1978


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Sherman Dillard is in his sixth year with the University of Iowa men's basketball staff bringing a wealth of expertise on and off the court.

Dillard has helped rejuvenate the Iowa basketball program since arriving at Iowa in 2010. Not only has the attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena increased by more than 50 percent, but Dillard has helped vault the program back to national prominence.

Iowa has won 20 or more games each of the last three seasons, its longest streak in 15 years. Additionally, Iowa has averaged 21 wins the last four seasons, with its 85 victories ranking sixth most over a four-year span in program history.

After a 25-win season, which matched the second-most victories by a Hawkeye team in program history, and NIT runner-up finish in 2013, Dillard helped coach the Hawkeyes to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015. Dillard has helped coach the Black and Gold to upper division finishes each of the past three seasons, including a top three finish in 2015. Last March, Dillard and the Hawkeyes posted the largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament 7/10 match-up, beating 10th-seeded Davidson 83-52 in the second round.

The past five years at Iowa, Dillard helped coach seven Hawkeyes to professional contracts, including Devyn Marble and Aaron White, who were selected by the Orlando Magic (2014) and Washington Wizards (2015) in the NBA Draft, respectively.

Dillard has helped mentor four Hawkeyes to All-Big Ten status during his tenure, including Roy Devyn Marble (2014) and Aaron White (2015) to first team accolades. Also, Dillard helped develop Gabriel Olaseni, who was voted 2015 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and finished his collegiate career ranked fourth in blocked shots (141). He also helped coach three All-Big Ten Freshman performers (Eric May in 2010, Melsahn Basabe in 2011, and Aaron White in 2012).

Dillard has nearly three decades of coaching experience, serving as a college assistant or head coach for 29 years. He spent his first 15 years as an assistant coach at three institutions. Dillard began his coaching career under Head Coach Lefty Driesell at Maryland, spending six seasons (1979-85). He helped coach the Terrapins to four 20-plus win seasons and six postseason appearances, including five NCAA Tournament berths. The 1980, 1984 and 1985 squads reached the Sweet 16, while the 1984 team won the ACC Tournament.

He then spent three years at California (1985-88) under Lou Campanelli, who was his collegiate coach at James Madison. The Bears posted two third-place Pac-10 finishes and two NIT appearances during his tenure in Berkeley. After three seasons at California, he returned to the ACC and Georgia Tech for six seasons (1988-94). While in Atlanta, he helped Head Coach Bobby Cremins lead the Yellow Jackets to six winning seasons and postseason appearances. Georgia Tech played in five NCAA Tournaments, including the Final Four in 1990 and Sweet 16 in 1992.

Dillard received his first head coaching opportunity at Indiana State of the Missouri Valley Conference (1994-97). During his three seasons in Terre Haute, the Sycamores improved each season and posted a 29-52 record. He then left Indiana State to return to his alma mater. He replaced Driesell, who served as head coach the previous nine seasons (1988-97). Dillard was the Dukes' head coach for seven years (1997-2004). He posted a 93-106 record, sharing a league title and recording three first-division finishes in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). During his tenure, he earned CAA Coach of the Year and NABC District Coach of the Year laurels. His 10-year head coaching record stands at 122-158.

Dillard, a three-time Academic All-American and four-time honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press, played guard at James Madison (1973-78). He led the Dukes in scoring in each of his four years (missed 1976-77 with an injury) and was the team's top rebounder as a freshman. Dillard is the second-leading scorer (2,065 points) in James Madison history, and his academic excellence merited him an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. After his collegiate career, he was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 1978 NBA Draft. Additionally, Dillard was honored as a CAA "Legend" in 2009.

Dillard worked as a basketball marketing representative for Nike for six years (2004-10). He served as Global Camp Director, responsible for administrative and operational facets of a series of highly acclaimed camps and academies sponsored by Nike. Those camps included the Nike All-America Camp and select skills academies hosted by NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Vince Carter, Amaré Stoudemire and LeBron James (until January, 2009).

Dillard is a 1978 magna cum laude James Madison graduate earning a bachelor's degree in physical education and minor in business, and is a member of the school's sports hall of fame.

Dillard and his wife Dena have two sons, Ben (22) and Langston (20). His son Ben was a four-year letterwinner on the UALR basketball team.

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