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
1956-1958Stephen F. Austin
Position(s)C
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1959
1960-1961
1962-1963
1964-1965
1966
1967-1969
1970-1971
1972-1976
1977-1978
1979
1980-1983
1984-1986
1986-1999
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
Overall82–67–1
Bowls2–5
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Southwest Conference Coach of the Year (1989, 1993, 1994)[1]
Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year (1996)[1]
 
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Spike Dykes
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1938-03-14) March 14, 1938 (age 76)
Ballinger, Texas
Playing career
1956-1958Stephen F. Austin
Position(s)C
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1959
1960-1961
1962-1963
1964-1965
1966
1967-1969
1970-1971
1972-1976
1977-1978
1979
1980-1983
1984-1986
1986-1999
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
Overall82–67–1
Bowls2–5
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
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) 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]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Southwest Conference) (1986–1995)
1986Texas Tech0–1*0–0L Independence
1987Texas Tech6–4–13–3–14th
1988Texas Tech5–64–34th
1989Texas Tech9–35–34thW All-American1619
1990Texas Tech4–73–5T–5th
1991Texas Tech6–55-3T–2nd
1992Texas Tech5–64-3T–2nd
1993Texas Tech6–65-22ndL Sun
1994Texas Tech6–64-3T–2ndL Cotton
1995Texas Tech9–35-2T–2ndW Copper2023
Texas Tech:54–47–138-27-1*Dykes coached bowl game after McWilliams left for Texas.
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12 Conference) (1996–1999)
1996Texas Tech7–55–32ndL Alamo
1997Texas Tech6–55–3T–2nd
1998Texas Tech7–54–43rdL Independence
1999Texas Tech6–55–3T–2nd
Texas Tech:28–2019–13
Total:82–67–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Family[edit]

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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