Spike Dykes

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Spike Dykes
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1938-03-14) March 14, 1938 (age 78)
Lubbock, Texas
Playing career
1956-1958 Stephen F. Austin
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1959 Eastland HS (Asst.)
1960-1961 Ballinger HS (Asst.)
1962-1963 SA Central HS (DC)
1964-1965 Coahoma HS
1966 Belton HS
1967-1969 Big Spring HS
1970-1971 Alice HS
1972-1976 Texas (Asst.)
1977-1978 New Mexico (Asst.)
1979 Mississippi State (Asst.)
1980-1983 Midland Lee HS
1984-1986 Texas Tech (DC)
1986-1999 Texas Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 82–67–1
Bowls 2–5
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
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) is a retired American football coach. A high school and college football coach throughout his career, he most recently served as head coach at Texas Tech from 1986 to 1999.

Coaching career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Ballinger, William Taylor "Spike" Dykes graduated from Ballinger High School in 1955 and Stephen F. Austin State University in 1959.[2] At Stephen F. Austin, Dykes 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. On November 20, 1999, Dykes retired after 13 seasons as head coach.[3]

Post-coaching life[edit]

Dykes moved to Horseshoe Bay, Texas after retiring from coaching and also bought a house at Matagorda Bay.[4]

On March 11, 2008, Dykes was inducted in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.[5]

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 John Hancock
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
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Family[edit]

One of Dykes' two sons—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.

Dykes' other son, Rick, spent many years as an assistant football coach at Texas Tech, including a stint as Offensive Coordinator. Rick is a business owner in Lubbock.

Dykes also has a daughter, Bebe.

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Texas Tech 2010–11 Athletics Record Book". Texas Tech University. p. 10. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  2. ^ Lee, Mike (October 18, 2009). "Spike Dykes: Coaching Icon". LoneStarPreps. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dykes Announces Retirement". Texas Tech. November 20, 1999. Archived from the original on February 4, 2000. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ Leschper, Lee (September 19, 2002). "Spike likes retirement". Amarillo Globe-News. Archived from the original on January 3, 2004. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ Williams, Don (March 12, 2008). "Texas Sports Hall of Fame adds ex-Tech coach Dykes". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 

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