Dear Heathwood Community,
I am extremely excited to share with you that Brionna Dickerson Zimmerman (HHES ’05) has accepted our offer to become Heathwood’s next Head Girls’ Basketball Coach. I have known Brionna as a student-athlete, and as a colleague working in our development office, and I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome her to this new role.
Brionna steps into a position previously held by John O’Cain (2009 – 2016) – who led the Highlanders to a 3A SCISA Championship in 2014 with a senior heavy team led by A’ja Wilson – and recently vacated by MS Dean of Students Rich Edwards (P ’21 & ’25), who served as the girls’ varsity basketball coach from 2016-2020.
Heathwood has been a family affair for Brionna, with her sisters Kristen ’09 and Victoria ’14 also playing for the Highlanders, where each of them scored over 1000 pts. Brionna is Heathwood Hall’s all-time leading scorer and the third all-time scorer in the state of South Carolina, with just under 3400 career points. Additionally, Brionna’s father, Jerome, currently assists Heathwood’s girls varsity basketball team
Coach Zimmerman brings with her the knowledge of what it is to be a student-athlete at Heathwood, and her knowledge of what it takes to play at the collegiate level will be of great value to our student-athletes who are looking to play at the next level. In addition to her outstanding record as a Highlander, she was a standout player at the University of South Carolina under Coach Dawn Staley and has prior coaching experience here, at Richland Northeast, and in AAU. A graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College, she also holds a Masters in International Business from the Darla Moore School of Business and has served as Heathwood’s Events Coordinator and Development Associate since 2018.
Coach Zimmerman is also excited about rejoining the Highlander Women’s Basketball program: “I’m thrilled to be back home coaching for a program that helped catapult me into my playing career as well as prepared me for life. I want to take the same values that I followed as a student athlete and make sure that each person on our team improves and knows that we will be all in as a family this season.”
We are excited about this next phase in Highlander Girls’ Basketball, and eager for Brionna’s work with our young athletes to begin.
Director of Athletics
Brionna Dickerson Zimmerman Bio
Brionna Dickerson Zimmerman is a 2005 graduate of Heathwood Hall, where she is the all-time leading scorer and third all-time scorer in the state with just under 3400 career points. After graduating high school, she went on to become a Division I student-athlete at the University of South Carolina at the beginning of Coach Dawn Staley’s tenure, finishing her senior season averaging 13.4 points and with a career-best 31 against Ole Miss in her last full game before a season-ending injury. She graduated with a Masters in International Business with an emphasis in Marketing. She was the first African American women’s basketball player to be in both the International Business program as well as the Honors College. After a short stint on an American travel team in Beijing, China, Brionna decided to end her playing career and jumped right into the marketing and events field, which she has worked in the last eight years.
Prior to starting her family, Brionna gained experience coaching at Heathwood Hall, Richland Northeast High School, and AAU. She has also spent the last several years mentoring and volunteering with at risk youth, the USC women’s basketball program, and several other community youth-focused programs. Since rejoining us in August of 2018 as the Events Coordinator and Development Associate, Brionna works closely with the Development team to increase parent, alumni, and community engagement with our events; partner with parent volunteers in support of major school events; and organize signature Heathwood events including Homecoming, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, our Annual Auction, and many more. Brionna enjoys watching Gamecock basketball and spending weekends staying active playing kickball with her family. She and her husband Tymere have three children – Jordyn (4th Grade), Kobe (EC4s) and Skylar (1 year old).