Dee Vick is in his ninth season as head basketball coach at Hampden-Sydney for the 2016-17 season. A 1994 graduate of The College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Vick brings a wealth of coaching experience, both in Division III and Division I, to the Tiger staff.
Hampden-Sydney posted a 17-10 overall record and tied for fifth place in the ODAC in 2016. They continued the annual Crosstown Showdown preseason exhibition with Longwood in 2016 and the Tigers nearly knocked off their Division I neighbors but narrowly fell 71-68. H-SC won three tournaments on the season in the South Region Classic, the Luck Stone Holiday Tournament, and the Blue Jay Invitational. H-SC knocked off Randolph-Macon 75-62 and won at 20th ranked Roanoke College 100-92. Additionally, the Tigers posted key ODAC wins against Emory & Henry, Eastern Mennonite, and Guilford and had a dominating 76-34 defeat of Bridgewater on Senior Day. Three days later, they once again defeated Bridgewater in the ODAC Tournament First Round.
In 2015, H-SC went 16-11 overall and opened the regular season with a 73-41 victory in Puerto Rico over the United States Coast Guard Academy on ESPNU and WatchESPN as part of the Armed Forces Classic. The Tigers won both the South Region Classic and the Luck Stone Holiday Tournament. H-SC was invited to participate in the prestigious D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas, going 1-1 in the event, then headed to California to play Division I UC Irvine, coached by H-SC Hall of Famer Russell Turner '92. They posted notable ODAC wins over Roanoke, Emory & Henry, Randolph, Lynchburg, and Guilford and posted a thrilling comeback to defeat Emory & Henry in the ODAC Tournament First Round.
The 2014 Tigers finished the year on an impressive run through the ODAC Tournament. Having to play in four games to win the ODAC Championship, the Tigers nearly pulled it off as the #8 seed. H-SC beat #9 seed Roanoke College 104-82 in the First Round, took down #1 seed Randolph-Macon 68-55 in the Quarterfinals, and demolished #5 seed Eastern Mennonite 104-80 in the semifinals to reach the title game where the Tigers narrowly lost 77-74. H-SC became the first team in ODAC Tournament history to score 100 or more points in two tournament games. Hampden-Sydney finished the season 16-13 behind the toughest strength of schedule in the NCAA South Region. Additionally, Hampden-Sydney knocked off Mary Washington (66-63) and Springfield (89-82 OT), two NCAA Tournament teams, while winning the South Region Classic and the Holiday Classic.
In 2013, Vick led the Tigers to their first 20 win season since 2003-04 with an overall mark of 23-5. Hampden-Sydney also finished the regular season tied with the best record in conference at 12-2. In the postseason, the Tigers reached the ODAC Semifinals and received an at-large bid and host site for the NCAA Tournament where they fell 80-78 to Cabrini College. At the end of the season, Vick's Tigers were second in the nation in scoring margin (+18.6), sixth in assists-per-game (17.5), eighth in field goal percentage (49.7), and 15th in scoring offense (81.5). Vick also guided two First Team All-ODAC picks in senior Harrison George and junior Khobi Williamson marking just the fourth time in school history two teammates earned First Team All-ODAC honors in the same season. George also earned Second Team All-Region (D3Hoops.com) and Second Team All-District (NABC) honors.
In 2011-12, the Tigers went 19-8, it’s best winning percentage since going 25-5 in the ODAC Championship 2003-04 season, and was nearly flawless at home with a 11-1 record in Fleet Gynasium. H-SC also went 11-5 in the ODAC, finishing in a tie for third while advancing to the ODAC Tournament semifinals. Hampden-Sydney defeated Top 25 ranked Randolph-Macon on Senior Day and also set a school single-game record for points by scoring 140 on Patrick Henry. Junior forward Harrison George was named First-Team All-ODAC and Third-Team D3Hoops.com All-Region while sophomore center Khobi Williamson earned Third-Team All-ODAC accolades.
In 2010-11, Vick led the Tigers to their best record under his direction at 17-10. The Tigers were 8-8 in ODAC play while reaching the conference quarterfinals. Vick saw a strong finish to the season, winning seven of the last eight regular season games, including wins over#6 Virginia Wesleyan and #19 Ferrum College. Vick’s Tigers also protected the home court, posting a 12-2 record in the friendly confines of Fleet Gymnasium. Sophomore Harrison George earned First Team All-ODAC honors and Second Team D3Hoops.com All-Region honors after leading the league in scoring at 20 points-per-game.
In 2009-10, Vick led the Tigers to a 13-13 finish with two players earning All-ODAC honors in Turner King (Second Team) and Harrison George (Honorable Mention). George was also named the Tigers’ first-ever ODAC and VaSID Rookie of the Year. With a tough schedule, Vick managed to guide the Tigers to two wins over national ranked Top-20 teams.
In his first season, Vick led Hampden-Sydney to a 14-14 record and an appearance in the ODAC Semifinals. Vick’s Tigers had a strong finish to the season, winning five of their last seven games.
The Raleigh, NC, native played four years of collegiate basketball at Hampden-Sydney under Hall of Fame coach Tony Shaver, starting three seasons at shooting guard. Vick helped the Tigers to a combined record of 79-31 (.718) during his four-year career, which included a pair of ODAC championships and two appearances in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.
Following his graduation, Vick teamed up with Shaver in the coaching ranks and led the Tiger hoops squad to an astounding 118-28 (.808) record, four NCAA Division III Tournament berths and an appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship game in 1999, where the 29-3 Tigers ultimately fell to Wisconsin-Platteville in an epic, double-overtime affair.
In 1999-2000, left Hampden-Sydney and spent two years as an assistant at East Carolina University. In 2001-2002, Vick served as a special assistant to Dave Odom at the University of South Carolina, the same season that the Gamecocks advanced to the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Following that season, Vick left Columbia for an assistant position at the College of Charleston, where he helped guide the Cougars to a 25-8 record and berth in the NIT in 2002-2003.
Vick joined his former college coach at William and Mary in 2003-04, and with Shaver, was a vital asset to the recent rise of the Tribe basketball program. In his final season on the Tribe bench, William and Mary narrowly missed the first Colonial Athletic Association title in program history, advancing to the CAA title game for the first time ever before falling to George Mason University.
Vick and his wife, Krissy, have two daughters, Ellie and Sallie and a son, Ran.