Daryl Dickey

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Daryl Dickey
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1961-06-11) June 11, 1961 (age 55)
Gainesville, Florida[1]
Playing career
1982–1985 Tennessee
1986 San Diego Chargers
1986–1987 Memphis Showboats
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1987 Tennessee (GA)
1988 Milano Rhinos (OC)
1988 Tennessee (assistant QB)
1989 Florida State (QB)
1990–1993 Kentucky (QB)
1994 Kentucky (OC)
1995–1996 Georgia Southern (OC/QB)
1997–2000 Presbyterian
2001–2006 Florida State (QB)
2008–2013 West Georgia
Head coaching record
Overall 47–57
Accomplishments and honors
Sugar Bowl MVP

Daryl Raymond Dickey (born June 11, 1961) is an American football administrator, former coach, and former player. He served as the head football coach at the University of West Georgia from 2008 through the 2013 season. He served as the head football coach at Presbyterian College from 1997 to 2000.[2] He is currently the athletic director at West Georgia.

Dickey played quarterback for the University of Tennessee, where he is remembered for coming off the bench during the 1985 season and leading the Vols to the SEC Championship and a 35-7 upset of Miami in the Sugar Bowl.

Playing career[edit]

Dickey attended Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. He initially joined the University of Tennessee football team in 1980, but left the team for a year after suffering an injury. He redshirted in 1982.[1]

For most of his college career, Dickey was a backup to star quarterbacks Alan Cockrell and Tony Robinson.[3] His lone start prior to the 1985 season came against Army in 1984, when he completed 14 of 24 passes for 167 yards en route to a 24-24 tie.[1]

During the 1985 season, Robinson, at the time a candidate for the Heisman Trophy, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the fourth quarter of a close game against Alabama. Dickey, by that time a fifth-year senior, stepped in as his replacement, and the Vols held on for a 16-14 victory. After a 6-6 tie against Georgia Tech the following week, Dickey led the Vols to five consecutive victories, helping the team earn its first SEC Championship since 1969. During this run, Dickey threw just one interception in 130 attempts, at one point throwing 106 consecutive passes without an interception.[4]

As SEC Champions, the Vols earned a berth in the Sugar Bowl, played on New Year's Day in 1986. Their opponent, the Miami Hurricanes, were ranked number two in the nation, having won ten consecutive games, and were in contention for the national championship. Completing 15 of 25 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, Dickey led the Vols to a 35-7 upset of the Hurricanes, and was named Sugar Bowl MVP.[5]

Dickey played professional football for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL and for the Memphis Showboats in the USFL.

Coaching career[edit]

Dickey began his coaching career at Tennessee as a graduate assistant coach and then as the assistant quarterback coach; he later became a volunteer assistant at Florida State University.

Dickey left Florida State to become the quarterbacks coach at the University of Kentucky in 1990 and served in that position before becoming Kentucky's offensive coordinator in 1993 through 1994. In 1995, Dickey became offensive coordinator for Georgia Southern University, a position he held through 1996 when he became head coach at Presbyterian College in South Carolina.

After four years as Presbyterian's head coach, in 2001 Dickey joined the staff of Bobby Bowden as quarterbacks coach at Florida State. He became the head coach at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, in 2008. In 2009, he became school's athletic director. He resigned as coach following the 2013 season to focus solely on his role as athletic director.[6]


Dickey is the son of Doug Dickey, the former head football coach of the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida. He is married to the former Kendall George from Knoxville, Tennessee. They have three children together: Karis, Dallas, and Daryl Andrew (Drew).

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Presbyterian Blue Hose (South Atlantic Conference) (1997–2000)
1997 Presbyterian 5–6 3–4 T–5th
1998 Presbyterian 8–3 6–1 2nd
1999 Presbyterian 7–4 4–4 T–4th
2000 Presbyterian 8–2 6–1 2nd
Presbyterian: 28–15 19–10
West Georgia Wolves (Gulf South Conference) (2008–2013)
2008 West Georgia 0–10 0–8 11th
2009 West Georgia 1–9 1–7 11th
2010 West Georgia 3–7 2–6 10th
2011 West Georgia 6–4 2–2 T–2nd
2012 West Georgia 3–7 1–4 T–5th
2013 West Georgia 6–5 2–3 T–4th
West Georgia: 19–42 8–30
Total: 47–57
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ a b c 1985 University of Tennessee Football Guide, University of Tennessee, 1985, p. 63.
  2. ^ 2008 Football Coaching Staff uwgsports.com
  3. ^ Tim Rosaforte, "Dickey's Son Following In Own Footsteps," Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, 28 December 1985. Retrieved: 15 March 2013.
  4. ^ Tom Mattingly, "1985 Vols Earned Their Niche in History," Knoxville News Sentinel, 27 November 2010. Retrieved: 15 March 2013.
  5. ^ 1986 Sugar Bowl, UTSports.com. Retrieved: 15 March 2013.
  6. ^ "West Georgia Head Coach Daryl Dickey to Step Down," The Football Scoop. Retrieved: 22 November 2013.

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