CFL: 5th season
Stamps: 5th season
Dickenson returns for his fifth season on the Stampeders coaching staff and third as the team’s offensive coordinator.
In 2012, Dickenson’s offence ranked in the top two of several categories including first in touchdowns scored (51) and rushing touchdowns (20) and second in points scored (535), first downs (395), rushing yards (2,088), average yards rushing per game (116.0) and pass-completion percentage (67.0). Running back Jon Cornish led the league in rushing on his way to being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian. The offence also claimed three CFL all-stars in Cornish, offensive lineman Dimitri Tsoumpas and receiver Nik Lewis.
In his first season as offensive coordinator in 2011, Dickenson oversaw a Stamps offence that was tied for second-most points scored with 511. Calgary also had the second-most first downs (402) and finished second in net yards offence (6,954) and net yards rushing (2,244). The offence produced two CFL all-stars with Tsoumpas and Lewis earning the honour.
When Dickenson joined the coaching ranks in 2009 he tutored the Stampeders running backs and helped Joffrey Reynolds claim the CFL rushing crown. In 2010 his role expanded, he was named quarterbacks coach, called offensive plays on game days and was heavily involved in game planning.
During the 2010 campaign, the Stamps’ offence led the Canadian Football League in points scored (626), yards of offence (7,769), most first downs (445) and most rushing yards (2,618) while Stamps quarterback Henry Burris was voted the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player.
Dickenson joined the coaching staff after an outstanding 13-year professional playing career. He spent 11 of his 13 seasons in the Canadian Football League, six of those with the Stampeders (1996-2000 and 2008).
A potent combination of intelligence, athletic ability and courage, Dickenson holds a number of CFL passing records and was named the league’s Most Outstanding Player in 2000 after throwing for 4,636 yards, 36 touchdowns and only six interceptions while guiding the Stampeders to a 12-5-1 record.
After spending two seasons in the National Football League — with San Diego in 2001 and with Seattle, Miami and Detroit in 2002 — Dickenson returned to Canada and signed with the BC Lions, where he was reunited with former Stampeders boss Wally Buono. After five seasons with the Leos, including a 2005 campaign in which he established league records for highest completion percentage and quarterback rating in a single season, and an MVP performance in the 2006 Grey Cup, Dickenson returned to Calgary in 2008 for what proved to be his final season.
Dickenson joined the Stampeders in 1996 after a stellar career at the University of Montana. He was a three-time conference MVP with the Grizzlies and in 1995 led the nation in passing while guiding Montana to the NCAA Division 1-AA national title.
Dave, his wife Tammy and children Avery and Cooper live in Calgary year round.
Dave Dickenson's Coaching History
2011-12 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Offensive Coordinator
2010 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Quarterbacks Coach
2009 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Running Backs Coach