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Athletics lost longtime volunteer assistant softball coach Bill Dickson ’54, M.S. ’57, last fall at the age of 85. A member of the Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame, he was an educator, softball player and coach for more than 50 years.

“This is a very sad time for our softball family. A true gentleman, Bill was an example of life lessons, professionally and in softball as well,” said head softball coach Melinda Fischer ’72, M.S. ’75.

“His commitment to volunteer as an assistant coach for 20 years is unheard of in current times. He was an invaluable member of our coaching staff and will be dearly missed.”

Dickson served in the U.S. Army before starting his softball career as an ISU undergraduate. A member of the Amateur Softball Association of America Hall of Fame, he taught eight years and was a superintendent of schools for 30 years.

Eager to share his knowledge and love of the game with the Redbird team, Dickson worked primarily with corner infielders.