James Dickey (March 22, 1934 – February 17, 2018) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Kansas State University from 1978 to 1985, compiling record of 24–54–2. In 1981, he redshirted 18 players, including eight seniors and almost all of his best players. With all of those players returning the following season in 1982, Dickey led Kansas State to their first bowl game appearance in school history, the Independence Bowl, where they lost to the Wisconsin Badgers. 1982 was also the first winning season for the program since 1970 under head coach Vince Gibson.
|Born||March 22, 1934|
|Died||February 17, 2018(aged 83)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1966–1969||Oklahoma State (assistant)|
|1975–1977||North Carolina (DC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Big Eight Coach of the Year (1982)|
After opening the 1985 season with two consecutive losses to I-AA teams, Dickey was forced to resign on September 15. Assistant athletic director Lee Moon coached the team for the remainder of the season posting a 1–8 record.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Kansas State Wildcats (Big Eight Conference) (1978–1985)|
|1982||Kansas State||6–5–1||3–3–1||4th||L Independence|
* Dickey resigned as head coach after the second game of the 1985 season.
Assistant coaches under Jim Dickey who became NCAA head coaches:
- Jim Donnan: Marshall (1990–1995), Georgia (1996–2000)
- Dennis Franchione: Pittsburg State (1985–1989), Southwest Texas State (1990–1991), New Mexico (1992–1997), TCU (1998–2000), Alabama (2001–2002), Texas A&M (2003–2007), Texas State (2011–2015)
Gary Darnell: Tennessee Tech, Western Michigan Tim McGuire: Indiana State
- Independence Bowl Archived July 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Year-by-year records
- College Football Data Warehouse Kansas State University records
- "Kansas State Fires Coach Jim Dickey". Gainesville Sun. September 16, 1985.
- KSL TV "Darrell Dickey Named USU Offensive Coordinator" January 16, 2007
- Former Kansas State coach Jim Dickey dies at 83
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