Spike Dykes

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Spike Dykes
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1938-03-14) March 14, 1938 (age 76)
Ballinger, Texas
Playing career
1956-1958 Stephen F. Austin
Position(s) C
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Eastland HS (Asst.)
Ballinger HS (Asst.)
SA Central HS (DC)
Coahoma HS
Belton HS
Big Spring HS
Alice HS
Texas (Asst.)
New Mexico (Asst.)
Mississippi State (Asst.)
Midland Lee HS
Texas Tech (DC)
Texas Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 82–67–1
Bowls 2–5
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Southwest Conference Coach of the Year (1989, 1993, 1994)[1]
Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year (1996)[1]

William Taylor "Spike" Dykes (born March 14, 1938) was the coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team from 1987 to 1999. Dykes was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on March 11, 2008.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Spike Dykes is a 1959 alumnus of Stephen F. Austin State University, where he played center on the Lumberjacks football team. Upon graduation, he served in several high school head and assistant coaching positions, including a stint as defensive coordinator under Emory Bellard at San Angelo Central High School in San Angelo, Texas. In 1972, Dykes became an assistant coach at the University of Texas. He filled assistant roles at two other universities before returning to the high school level to coach at Midland Lee from 1980 to 1983.

Texas Tech[edit]

Dykes was hired to be the head coach at Texas Tech in 1986. He would become the first coach in school history to lead the team to seven straight bowl-eligible seasons and to coach the team in seven bowl games and also was head coach of the first Big 12 Conference football game along with Bill Snyder.

Dykes was the school's first coach to defeat the Texas Longhorns in six different seasons. He earned three Southwest Conference and one Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year honors.[1] His record at Tech stands at 82–67–1.

He is the author of the books Spike Dykes' Tales from the Texas Tech Sideline (with Dave Boling) and Principles of Coaching Football (with Mike Bobo).

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Southwest Conference) (1986–1995)
1986 Texas Tech 0–1* 0–0 L Independence
1987 Texas Tech 6–4–1 3–3–1 4th
1988 Texas Tech 5–6 4–3 4th
1989 Texas Tech 9–3 5–3 4th W All-American 16 19
1990 Texas Tech 4–7 3–5 T–5th
1991 Texas Tech 6–5 5-3 T–2nd
1992 Texas Tech 5–6 4-3 T–2nd
1993 Texas Tech 6–6 5-2 2nd L Sun
1994 Texas Tech 6–6 4-3 T–2nd L Cotton
1995 Texas Tech 9–3 5-2 T–2nd W Copper 20 23
Texas Tech: 54–47–1 38-27-1 *Dykes coached bowl game after McWilliams left for Texas.
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12 Conference) (1996–1999)
1996 Texas Tech 7–5 5–3 2nd L Alamo
1997 Texas Tech 6–5 5–3 T–2nd
1998 Texas Tech 7–5 4–4 3rd L Independence
1999 Texas Tech 6–5 5–3 T–2nd
Texas Tech: 28–20 19–13
Total: 82–67–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


Dykes' son -- Daniel, aka Sonny Dykes -- is also a college football coach. The younger Dykes was hired to be the head coach of the California Golden Bears on December 5, 2012. He spent the previous 3 seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech, guiding the Bulldogs to a 22-15 record over that span. He also spent many years as the Texas Tech Offensive Coordinator and helped to turn Tech into a passing juggernaut. Rick his other son owns and operates several businesses.


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