Jared Dickerson is proud to have helped coach the Rocky Mountain College men’s soccer team to a spot in the NAIA national tournament.
Dickenson works as a construction coordinator at Billings Clinic. But he gets to fulfill his passion for soccer as an assistant coach for the Bears, who earned their first trip to the national tournament after defeating Martin Methodist College of Tennessee in the championship match for the Frontier/TranSouth Unaffiliated Group tournament.
The Bears lost to Jamestown College in the first round of the 32-team tournament. But keep in mind that Rocky has fielded a men’s team only since 2009.
“For a fourth-year team to make it to nationals was a very good accomplishment,” he said.
“Not many people get to mix their passion of soccer and work,” he said. “It has been great working at Billings Clinic, because they allow me to take part in the Rocky soccer program.”
Dickerson started playing soccer when he was about 6 years old while growing up in Colorado. At Seattle Pacific University, Dickerson was a defensive marking back. His job was to hound the opponent’s best player to prevent scores.
Since college, where he majored in interior design and fine art, Dickenson has worked in the construction industry, with KW Signature Homes, McCall Development, and now Billings Clinic.
Making the transition from residential construction to health care was a big adjustment, he said. But the Billings Clinic’s supportive staff has helped ease the transition.
Describe how you got where you are in your work today.
I work hard daily at whatever I do in life and give God the glory for who I am today.
What’s the toughest challenge that you have faced in your business?
The transition that I made from residential construction and design to health care construction and design.
What did you learn from that challenge?
I have learned to rely on the team members in the facility’s department at Billings Clinic. With such a steep learning curve, it has been important to look to the leaders for guidance. Billing Clinic has a wonderful staff who go out of their way to help with information needed to be successful.
If you could make one positive change in Billings, what would it be?
I would like build or remodel houses for people that do not have the means to get into homes of their own. Owning a home is so empowering, and I would like to be able to help individuals get into their first home.
Aside from profit and loss, how do you measure success in your job?
Completing a project on time and under budget with full client satisfaction.
Which living person do you most admire?
My wife, Natalie Dickerson. She is a great wife, mom, sister and daughter. I am blessed and proud to be a part of her life.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Being a father to my daughter Lillian. The best part about Lillian is that she has a spirit and drive about her that I look up to. I can’t imagine who I would be without her in my life.
I’m happiest when I’m…
Having coffee on Saturday mornings either in our camper or at home with my wife and daughter. I cherish Saturdays simply because we have each other without distraction. No matter how busy life gets, I can always look to the family and find peace and serenity.