Athletic Academic Advisor Suzanne Dickenson brings a wealth of academic and athletic experience to the Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes at Texas Tech. Dickenson's professional experience in collegiate athletics began in 1999 where she served as a student assistant to the compliance coordinator at Abilene Christian University before earning a graduate assistant position with the track and field team for the 2000-01 season. Her success as a graduate assistant led to a full-time position as a Track & Field Assistant Coach and UIL Regional Director. As an Assistant Coach, Dickenson coached several All-Americans and was instrumental in the rise of Abilene Christian University's Track & Field program becoming one of the top Track and Field programs in the country, as the Wildcats captured nine NCAA team championships during her tenure.
In 2006, Dickenson was promoted to the role of Director of Athletic Academic Services and tasked with the creation and development of the new Athletic Academic Program. In 2008, Dickenson was hired as the Athletic Academic Advisor for the Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country teams at Texas Tech University, and later added Women's Tennis as part of the teams she works with. Dickenson's primary role is providing personal, vocational, educational, and advanced counseling and training at both the individual and group levels. Dickenson is pivotal in the management of counseling programs for her teams by assisting with course selection to ensure degree progress and completion; as well as, simultaneously serving as the contact between student-athletes and the coaching staff regarding academic progress. In addition, Dickenson monitors eligibility requirements in accordance to the NCAA and Big 12 guidelines, assists with tracking and reporting of student-athlete concerns, and is the lead administrator for the GradesFirst academic monitoring system.
As a student-athlete at Abilene Christian University, Dickenson helped the Wildcats to win four team National Championships from 1998-99. She later ran professionally and competed across the world including meets in Cuba, Ireland, Portugal, Estonia and Finland. In addition, Dickenson was named to the Junior Pan American and Junior Carifta Teams after winning the Jamaican Junior Championships in the 100-meter hurdles. She was also a four-time runner up at the NCAA Division II Championships in the 100-meter hurdles and a five-time All-American from 1998-1999.
Dickenson began her collegiate journey at Mico Teachers College and earned her teacher's diploma specializing in mathematics and general science, while moving on to earn her Bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1999 before receiving her Master's degree in 2001 at Abilene Christian University.
Texas Tech Tradition: The Masked Rider leading the team onto the field
Book: "Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance" Nathan Whitaker & Tony Dungy
Quote/Poem: "Never give up, never lose sight, and keep your eyes on the finish line because spectators are only there for distraction. With hard work and determination you can be anything you want to be in life." Oprah WinfreySuzanne can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org