Chuck Dickerson enters his seventhseasonwith the Kentucky gymnastics program as a key compenent of head coach Tim Garrison's staff.
Dickerson was retained as an assistant coach when Garrison arrived in Lexington before the 2012 season.
Dickerson, who was the 2010 Gymnastics Assistant Coach of the Year for the central region by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches, has enjoyed eightvery successful seasons as an assistant coach for Kentucky.
Dickerson helped Kayla Hartley to three floor event titles in 2012 as the program began a resurgence under the new coaching staff.
Dickerson previously coached vault and uneven bars for the Wildcats, guiding UK to a school-record team score on vault of 49.4, while the Wildcats tied a school record team-score on bars with a 49.325.
Dickerson helped the UK gymnastics team steadily improve its efforts on the vault apparatus since his arrival in Lexington in 2008. Kentucky has ranked among the top 18 schools on the event each season under Dickerson. The Wildcats set a school record with a 49.150 regional qualifying score on vault in 2009 while in 2010 then-sophomore Whitney Rose (Frisco, Texas) became UK's first gymnast to qualify for nationals since 2006 when she scored a 9.900 to tie for first place.
In 2009, Dickerson coached the vault squad to top-20 status all year long, peaking at No. 7. It was the second year in a row the vault line-up finished the year top 15. One of the lead vaulters, Emily Green, earned a 9.950, the first mark of that caliber on vault since 2003. Green dominated the event averaging a 9.85. Also grabbing recognition for her talent was Whitney Rose who also becamea solid vault worker and was named the SEC Freshman of the Year.
With over 25 years of coaching experience, Dickerson is able to assist the Wildcats in recruiting top talent. In 2008, Dickerson helped sign fellow Tyler, Texas, native Storey Morris, Rose of Frisco, Texas, the 2008 Texas State vault and all-around champion, and three-time national bar champion Jennifer Taylor of Tulsa, Okla.
Since 2004, the Tyler, Texas, native had been working in his hometown at Texas East Gymnastics where he coached former UK gymnast, Storey Morris. In both 2006 and 2007, he qualified a gymnast for the USA Championships to go along with his numerous national qualifiers in his four-year span.
Prior to his time at Texas East, Dickerson spent eight years at Rowland/Ballard Gymnastics in Kingwood, Texas. While there, he had seven athletes receive Division I scholarships and sent 15 on to the national championships. In 2002, he earned the great honor of being voted the Texas USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year by his peers.
Early on in his career, Dickerson spent 10 years working under famed coach Bela Karolyi. In his coaching career, he has coached three national champions.