James Dickey (basketball)
|Born||April 2, 1954|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1976–1977||Harding University (asst.)|
|1979–1981||Central Arkansas (asst.)|
|1990–1991||Texas Tech (asst.)|
|2002–2008||Oklahoma State (asst.)|
|2014–2016||Oklahoma State (asst.)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
SWC Tournament Championship (1993, 1996)|
SWC Regular Season Championship (1995, 1996)
|SWC Coach of the Year (1992, 1996)|
James Allen Dickey (born April 2, 1954) is an American college basketball coach  who was most recently an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University. He previously served as the men's head coach at Texas Tech University from 1991 to 2001, where he led the Red Raiders to the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and again in 1996, and at the University of Houston from 2010 to 2014.
Dickey's best team was the Texas Tech's 1996 unit, which finished 30–2, including an undefeated record in the final season of Southwest Conference play. They won the SWC conference tournament and advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The Raiders moved to the Big 12 for the 1996–97 season, and appeared to pick up right where they left off with a solid 19–9 season. It was discovered during the inaugural Big 12 basketball tournament, however, that two players had played the entire season while academically ineligible. Hours after the team's first-round game, Texas Tech announced that it was withdrawing from postseason consideration and forfeiting its entire conference schedule. The Raiders had lost that game, and would have had to forfeit it if they had won.
A subsequent investigation revealed massive violations dating back to 1990 in men's basketball and nine other sports (though Dickey himself was not personally implicated). As a result, the NCAA stripped Tech of its two NCAA tournament wins in 1996 and docked it nine scholarships over four years. The lost scholarships were too much for Dickey to overcome, and he tallied four straight losing seasons before being fired in 2001.
After four seasons and a 64–62 record, Dickey resigned his position as head coach.
Head coaching record
|Texas Tech Red Raiders (Southwest Conference) (1991–1996)|
|1992–93||Texas Tech||18–12||6–8||5th||NCAA First Round|
|1994–95||Texas Tech||20–10||11–3||T–1st||NIT First Round|
|1995–96||Texas Tech||30–2*||14–0||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen*|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12 Conference) (1996–2001)|
|Texas Tech:||166–124 (.572)†||75–75 (.500)|
|Houston Cougars (Conference USA) (2010–2013)|
|Houston Cougars (American Athletic Conference) (2013–2014)|
|Houston:||64–63 (.504)||26–40 (.394)|
Postseason invitational champion
*Texas Tech vacated its 1996 NCAA tournament appearance due to ineligible players; official record is 28–1.
**Texas Tech forfeited its entire 1996–97 conference slate due to ineligible players, but Dickey was ruled not to have been affected.
†Official record at Texas Tech is 164–123 (.571) without vacated games.
- Texas Tech Men's Basketball History Archived 2008-04-21 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Tech receives four years probation". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Archived from the original on 2006-06-18. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- James Dickey succeeds Tom Penders at Houston Cougars – ESPN
- Houston Cougars Basketball 2010–11 Schedule – Cougars Home and Away – ESPN
- Conference USA Standings (2010–11) – College Basketball – ESPN
- Houston Cougars Basketball 2011–12 Schedule – Cougars Home and Away – ESPN
- Conference USA Standings (2011–12) – College Basketball – ESPN
- James Dickey Profile – University of Houston Official Athletic Site
- James Dickey – Oklahoma State Official Athletic Site
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "James Dickey". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2013-09-30.