CLINTON, S.C. – Former Presbyterian College standout DaRon Dickey has joined the football coaching staff an assistant coach, head coach Tommy Spangler announced on Thursday. Dickey is one of four former Blue Hose players on the current PC coaching staff.

“DaRon is bright, energetic and very smart and I think he is going to make a very good coach,” said Spangler. “I think the awesome thing is that based on his experience at PC, at least in part, he has chosen coaching as a profession. Somewhere along the way, PC as a school, PC as a program and PC as a coaching staff impacted DaRon to make a decision to get in to coaching. Clearly something went well while he was here for that to happen and that is pleasing to me.”

Dickey returns to his alma mater after spending last season as a defensive quality control coach at nearby Furman University. There he assisted the defensive staff with a number of duties, including practice and game plan preparation and breakdown of video.

“I’m excited to join the Presbyterian College coaching staff under Coach Spangler,” Dickey said. “I am looking forward to returning to my alma mater and making an impact on the current and future Blue Hose student-athletes.”

Dickey, a product of Berea High School, played in 42 games at PC from 2012-15 after redshirting in 2011. He played three seasons under Spangler, who returned as defensive coordinator in 2013.He recorded 190 tackles in his career, including 13.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, to go with four interceptions, two forced fumbles, three fumbles recoveries and a blocked kick.

Statistically, his best year came as a junior in 2014, recording 64 tackles, including 5.0 tackles for loss, with two interceptions and four pass breakups. Dickey was named the team’s defensive MVP in 2015, after totaling 58 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, with an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

The native of Greenville, S.C. graduated from PC in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in history.