Darrell Dickey Returns To Memphis Tigers As Offensive Coordinator
Jan. 25, 2012
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Darrell Dickey, who was the offensive coordinator for the Memphis Tigers from 1987-89, returns to the program in the same capacity as announced by head coach Justin Fuente. Dickey will also guide Tiger running backs, which shifts Holman Wiggins, who was hired in December, to receivers.
The addition of Dickey finishes out Fuente's offensive staff. The only position remaining to fill is defensive line.
Dickey, who has over 25 years of collegiate coaching experience, was the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Texas State during the 2011 season. Texas State's rushing attack averaged 195 yards a game, and scored 20 of the team's 35 offensive touchdowns in 2011. The Bobcats finished the season at 6-6 and averaged 345 yards of total offense. Against Southeastern Louisiana, TSU logged 336 yards and three touchdowns on 45 carries. In seven of the 12 games in 2011, the Bobcats tallied at least 200 yards rushing and the squad also registered at least 40 carries in nine games.
Dickey was named the offensive coordinator at Memphis in 1987, after serving as the running backs coach in 1986. While he was at Memphis, the Tigers upset SEC powers Alabama in 1987 and Florida in 1988. During his tenure with the Tigers, Dickey mentored Wayne Pryor, who ranks ninth in the record book with 1,924 yards and eight touchdowns on 479 carries from 1986-89.
Dickey has also served as an offensive coordinator at UTEP (1994-96), SMU (1997), Utah State (2007-08) and New Mexico (2009-10). Throughout his career, he has guided running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks.
From 1998-2006, Dickey was the head coach at North Texas State. He led the Mean Green to four-straight Sun Belt Championships and four New Orleans Bowl appearances from 2001-04. In the 2003 New Orleans Bowl, Dickey's squad suffered a loss to the Memphis Tigers, 27-17, at the Louisiana Superdome. That season, he guided North Texas to nine wins for the first time in 23 years.
Under his direction, North Texas landed 70 players on All-Sun Belt Conference teams, including 39 first-team selections. Dickey led North Texas to a combined record of 25-1 in the Sun Belt between 2001-04, and was 29-11 overall in SBC games. Dickey guided the Mean Green to its first bowl win in 57 years as well when North Texas defeated Cincinnati in the 2002 New Orleans Bowl.
Dickey is the son of Jim Dickey, who was head football coach at Kansas State from 1978-85. He played quarterback for his father and led the Wildcats to the 1982 Independence Bowl, the school's first ever bowl game. He also played in the 1982 Blue-Gray All-Star game. Dickey graduated from Kansas State in 1983 with a degree in business administration.