Erickson was a standout point guard for Art Dyer’s Medomak Valley teams in the mid-1970s, helping lead the Panthers to the 1975 and 1977 Class B state finals, winning the gold ball in 1977. Erickson scored 594 points and handed out 375 assists during his career at Medomak Valley, with the Panthers going 65-7 during that period. Erickson was a first-team selection on the BDN All-Maine basketball team in 1977. Erickson continued his basketball career at Brown University, playing three seasons for the Ivy League school. Dean lives in Los Angeles, California where he owns a wealth management company. He has published several books and spent 7 years as an actor, appearing on, among other shows, Frazier, in a recurring role.