Jimmy Dykes (born May 3, 1961) is a former American college basketball coach and current sportscaster for ESPN and SEC Network. He was the women's basketball head coach at the University of Arkansas until resigning in March 2017.
|Born||May 3, 1961|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1985–1986||Sacramento State (asst.)|
|1986–1987||Appalachian State (asst.)|
|1989–1990||Arkansas-Little Rock (asst.)|
|1990–1991||Oklahoma State (asst.)|
|1991–1993||Seattle SuperSonics (scout)|
|Head coaching record|
Before making the transition to working for ESPN the first time, Dykes served as a men's assistant basketball coach at University of Arkansas, Appalachian State University, University of Kentucky, Arkansas State University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Oklahoma State University. He has also served as a scout for the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics. Dykes also served as Shiloh Christian School's (located in Springdale, Arkansas) Director of Athletics in 2006.
Head coaching careerEdit
Jimmy Dykes was announced as the new head coach of the University of Arkansas women's basketball team on March 30, 2014. Dykes replaced Tom Collen as the women's head coach at Arkansas after Collen was fired at the end of the 2013–2014 season.
In his first year at Arkansas, Dykes led his team of nine players to the NCAA Tournament after finishing in the middle of the pack of the SEC. His Razorbacks defeated 7 seed Northwestern before falling to second seeded Baylor in the second round.
Dykes' second year saw the team finish 10th in the SEC and with a losing record overall, at 12–18. His third team finished last in the conference, winning only two league games.
Dykes is a 1985 graduate of the University of Arkansas, where he played basketball for the Razorbacks and former head coach Eddie Sutton.
Dykes currently resides in Johnson, Arkansas. He is married to the former Tiffany Beasley, a former Razorback cheerleader. The two have one daughter, Kennedy, born in 2005. Dykes is a Christian.
Jimmy lived in Nashville early in his career for 9 months while pursuing a career in country music.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Arkansas Razorbacks (Southeastern Conference) (2014–2017)|
|2014–15||Arkansas||18–14||6–10||T–9th||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|Arkansas:||43–49 (.467)||15–33 (.313)|
- "Jimmy Dykes". arkansasrazorbacks.com. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
- "Jimmy Dykes Resigns as Arkansas' WBB Coach". Arkansas Fight. March 4, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
- "Jimmy Dykes". Arkansas Razorbacks. April 21, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
- Romano, Jason. "NEW PODCAST: Jimmy Dykes - ESPN College Basketball Analyst". Sports Spectrum. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
- "SEC Network's Jimmy Dykes releases catchy country song". 247Sports. Retrieved April 10, 2022.