James Dickey (basketball)

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James Dickey
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1954-04-02) April 2, 1954 (age 64)
Playing career
1972–1976 Central Arkansas
Position(s) Shooting guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976–1977 Harding University (asst.)
1977–1979 Harding Academy
1979–1981 Central Arkansas (asst.)
1981–1985 Arkansas (asst.)
1985–1989 Kentucky (asst.)
1990–1991 Texas Tech (asst.)
1991–2001 Texas Tech
2002–2008 Oklahoma State (asst.)
2010–2014 Houston
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 [1] 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,[2] and at the University of Houston from 2010 to 2014.


Early years[edit]

Dickey attended Valley Springs High School, where he played basketball from 1970 to 1972. He later played for Central Arkansas from 1972 to 1976.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[3] The lost scholarships were too much for Dickey to overcome, and he tallied four straight losing seasons before being fired in 2001.

He was announced as the head coach of the Houston Cougars on April 1, 2010.[4]

After four seasons and a 64–62 record, Dickey resigned his position as head coach.

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Southwest Conference) (1991–1996)
1991–92 Texas Tech 15–14 6–8 5th
1992–93 Texas Tech 18–12 6–8 5th NCAA First Round
1993–94 Texas Tech 17–11 10–4 T–2nd
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)
1996–97 Texas Tech 19–9 10–6** 12th
1997–98 Texas Tech 13–14 7–9 T–7th
1998–99 Texas Tech 13–17 5–11 11th
1999–2000 Texas Tech 12–16 3–13 12th
2000–01 Texas Tech 9–19 3–13 12th
Texas Tech: 166–124 (.572)† 75–75 (.500)
Houston Cougars (Conference USA) (2010–2013)
2010–11 Houston 12–18[5] 4–12[5] 11th[6]
2011–12 Houston 15–15[7] 7–9[7] T–8th[8]
2012–13 Houston 20–13 7–9 T–7th CBI Quarterfinals
Houston Cougars (American Athletic Conference) (2013–2014)
2013–14 Houston 17–16 8–10 6th
Houston: 64–63 (.504) 26–40 (.394)
Total: 228–186 (.551)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament 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.


  1. ^ http://tracking.si.com/2014/03/24/houston-james-dickey-resigns/
  2. ^ Texas Tech Men's Basketball History Archived 2008-04-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Tech receives four years probation". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Archived from the original on 2006-06-18. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  4. ^ James Dickey succeeds Tom Penders at Houston Cougars – ESPN
  5. ^ a b Houston Cougars Basketball 2010–11 Schedule – Cougars Home and Away – ESPN
  6. ^ Conference USA Standings (2010–11) – College Basketball – ESPN
  7. ^ a b Houston Cougars Basketball 2011–12 Schedule – Cougars Home and Away – ESPN
  8. ^ Conference USA Standings (2011–12) – College Basketball – ESPN

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