I stumbled upon this blast from the past on the JMU Sports Blog. The Dukes team photo was taken back when I was Lou Campanelli’s assistant coach at James Madison University in the early seventies.
University of Iowa assistant basketball coach Sherman Dillard is in the picture standing next to Coach Campanelli. Sherman played at the guard position and was our best player. The Academic All-American was also a star off the court and graduated magna cum laude. Sherman went on to carve out a successful career coaching college ball and was the head men’s basketball coach at Indiana State and James Madison, where he was named CAA Coach of the Year in 2000.
Sherman was recruiting in the Cleveland area a couple months ago so we had an opportunity to grab dinner together and catch up. We both look a little older now, but Sherman remains an outstanding human being and one of my all-time favorite people.