Assistant Coach - 3rd Season
Dicus, a 1985 Cornell graduate and former football standout, begins his fourth season on the coaching staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Since Dicus' return to his alma mater, the Rams have put up record-breaking numbers on the offensive side of the ball. In 2011, sophomore quarterback Juan Flores set school marks for pass completions (187) and total offense (2,663 yards) in a season. In Dicus' first season in 2009, Andrew Burdick passed for a school-record 2,168 yards -- a mark that still stands -- with 180 completions.
Dicus coached and taught for 23 years at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was head coach at Cardinal Newman from 2004-08, guiding the Crusaders to three playoff appearances, one district championship and two district runner-up finishes. Dicus served as the school's defensive coordinator for 18 years prior to taking the head post in 2004.
During his tenure at Cardinal Newman, he coached 29 all-staters, 20 NCAA Division I players and three All-Americans. Eleven of his graduates currently play college football.
Dicus was an assistant baseball coach at Cardinal Newman for 16 years and held the title as Dean of Student five years. He also was head of the physical education department.
Dicus enjoyed a successful playing career with the Rams from 1981-85. A member of Cornell's All-Century Team, Dicus was a four-year football letterwinner and earned first team all-conference honors at defensive end in his junior and senior seasons. As a senior co-captain in 1984, he helped lead the 8-2 Rams to the Midwest Conference championship.
Dicus earned a bachelor's degree in education in May 1985. He also played baseball two years at Cornell.
Dicus and his wife, Tonya, have two daughters, Taylor, 19, and Delaney, 14. Taylor, a sophomore at Cornell, is a multi-sport standout in volleyball and basketball.