Excerpt from the Register-Mail:
The hiring of Dickerson adds another Galesburg element to the coaching staff. Last week, Purlee hired former Galesburg coach and standout player Barry Swanson as his lead assistant. Former player John Baillie and Bobby Wheet, who was an assistant last season at Hartwick College (N.Y), round out the staff.
But Purlee said it just so happened the latest hires were associated with the cityâ€™s proud basketball heritage. First and foremost, he cared that they were gifted basketball minds.
â€œMake no mistake: We didnâ€™t hire them just because of that. Thatâ€™s just the icing on the cake,â€ Purlee said of their associations with the Silver Streaks. â€œIf we wanted to get someone who was a name in Galesburg, we would have hired the mayor or Don Moffitt. These are great basketball people here. We are about winning at basketball.â€
When Dickerson interviewed with Purlee, thatâ€™s all he needed to hear.
Like Swanson, Dickerson already holds a deal of respect for the Prairie Fire program. But the two of them feel Knox is on the verge of something special. Purlee, a one-man coaching staff at the time, hauled in a respected recruiting class and Memorial Gymnasium, the teamâ€™s basketball facility, is undergoing an extensive $500,000 face lift.