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Doug Dickey
Title Head Coach
Athletic Director
College B.A., Florida, 1954
Sport Football
Born June 24, 1932 (1932-06-24) (age 77)
Place of birth Vermillion, South Dakota
Career highlights
Overall 104–58–6 (.637)
Bowls 2–6 (.250)
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
2x SEC (1967, 1969)
2x SEC Coach of the Year (1965, 1967)
Playing career
1951–1953 University of Florida
Position Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
University of Arkansas (asst)
University of Tennessee
University of Florida
University of Tennessee (AD)
College Football Hall of Fame, 2003 (Bio)

Doug Dickey (born June 24, 1932) is a former American college football player and coach and college athletics administrator. Dickey is best known as the former head coach of the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida football teams, and afterward, as the former athletic director of the University of Tennessee.


Early life and education

Dickey was born in Vermillion, South Dakota in 1932,[1] and grew up in Gainesville, Florida, where his father was a speech professor at the University of Florida.[2] After graduating from P.K. Yonge High School, he attended the University of Florida and played quarterback for coach Bob Woodruff's Florida Gators football team from 1951 to 1953. Woodruff called Dickey "one of the brainiest quarterbacks I ever saw."[2] In January 1952, Dickey quarterbacked the Gators to a 14–13 win over the University of Tulsa in the Gator Bowl, Florida's first-ever official bowl game.[3] While a student at Florida, he was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity (Florida Upsilon chapter).

College football coach and athletic director

After graduation from the University of Florida, Dickey served in the U.S. Army.[4] From 1957 to 1963, he worked as an assistant football coach on the staff of Frank Broyles at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.[4]

Dickey was hired as head coach at the University of Tennessee in 1964 by athletic director Bob Woodruff, Dickey's head coach during his playing years at Florida. Many supporters of Tennessee Volunteers football credit Dickey with rejuvenating the program. When Dickey was hired, the Volunteers had not won more than six games in a season, nor been to a bowl game, in seven years. Dickey was recognized as Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year in 1965 and 1967, and his Tennessee teams won SEC Championships in 1967 and 1969. In his six seasons as Tennessee's head coach, his overall win-loss record at Tennessee was 46–15–4 (.738), and the Volunteers received five bowl invitations.[5]

Dickey is credited with starting three Tennessee football traditions that endure today.[2] He placed the iconic "Power T" decal on the sides of the Volunteers' helmets, had the Neyland Stadium endzones painted in an orange-and-white checkerboard pattern, and originated the Pride of the Southland marching band's "T" formation through which Volunteer players enter the field.[6]

In 1969, the Volunteers clinched their second SEC championship and were invited to play Florida in the Gator Bowl.[2] Rumors swirled that Dickey was planning to return to his alma mater, and replace retiring Ray Graves as head coach. Tennessee lost the game 14–13, and Dickey left for Gainesville.[2]

In 1970, Dickey became the head football coach at the University of Florida. In his nine seasons as the Florida coach, Dickey led the Gators to four bowl appearances, and an overall record of 58–43–2 (.573).[7] Although Dickey was the third all-time winningest coach at Florida,[7] he did not achieve the same level of success at Florida that he did at Tennessee, and was replaced by Charley Pell after the 4–7 season in 1978.

Dickey ended his college coaching career with an overall record of 104–58–6 (.637).[8]

Dickey returned to the University of Tennessee in 1984, where he served as athletic director from 1985 through 2002, leading one of the premiere inter-collegiate athletic programs in the nation.[2] His time as athletic director was notable for the successful improvement and expansion of the university's athletic facilities.[2] Neyland Stadium was expanded to more than 100,000 seats, and other additions included the Thompson–Boling Assembly Center and Arena, the Lindsey Nelson Baseball Stadium, the Goodfriend Tennis Center, executive suites at Neyland Stadium, the Neyland–Thompson Football Complex, and the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center.[2]


Dickey was honored as "Tennessean of the Year" by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.[4] He is also the recipient of the National Football Foundation's John Toner Award recognizing his abilities as a sports administrator,[1] and the Robert Neyland Memorial Trophy recognizing his contributions to college football, and is a member of the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.[2] After retiring in 2002, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2003.[1]

Record as head football coach

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (1964–1969)
1964 Tennessee 4–5–1 1–5–1 10th
1965 Tennessee 8–1–2 3–1–2 4th W Bluebonnet 7 7
1966 Tennessee 8–3 4–2 5th W Gator 14
1967 Tennessee 9–2 6–0 1st L Orange 2 2
1968 Tennessee 8–2–1 4–1–1 2nd L Cotton 7 13
1969 Tennessee 9–2 5–1 1st L Gator 11 15
Tennessee: 46–15–4 23–10–4[9]
Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (1970–1978)
1970 Florida 7–4 3–3 5th-Tie
1971 Florida 4–7 1–6 8th-Tie
1972 Florida 5–5–1 3–3–1 6th
1973 Florida 7–5 3–4 5th-Tie L Tangerine 19
1974 Florida 8–4 3–3 4th-Tie L Sugar 12 15
1975 Florida 9–3 5–1 2nd-Tie L Gator
1976 Florida 8–4 4–2 4th
1977 Florida 6–4–1 3–3 5th
1978 Florida 4–7 3–3 4th-Tie
Florida: 58–43–2 28–28–1[10]
Total: 104–58–6[8]
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

See also


  1. ^ a b c College Football Hall of Fame, Hall of Famers, Doug Dickey. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tom Mattingly, "In the End," Tennessee Alumnus Magazine, vol. 83, no. 3 (Summer 2003). Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  3. ^ Associated Press, "Tulsa Rally Falls Short, Florida Wins 14–13," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, p. 1 (January 3, 1953). Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Tennessean of the Year, Doug Dickey. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  5. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Tennessee Coaching Records. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  6. ^, Football, Doug Dickey. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  7. ^ a b College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Coaching Records. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  8. ^ a b College Football Data Warehouse, All-Time Coaching Records, Doug Dickey Records by Year. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  9. ^ Southeastern Conference, All-Time Football Standings 1960–1969. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  10. ^ Southeastern Conference, All-Time Football Standings 1970–1979. Retrieved March 16, 2010.


  • Pleasants, Julian M., Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida, University of Florida, Gainesvile, Florida (2006). ISBN 0-8130-3054-4.
  • Proctor, Samuel, & Wright Langley, Gator History: A Pictorial History of the University of Florida, South Star Publishing Company, Gainesville, Florida (1986). ISBN 0-938637-00-2.
  • Van Ness, Carl, & Kevin McCarthy, Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future: The University of Florida, 1853–2003, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (2003).
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim McDonald
University of Tennessee Head Football Coach
1964 – 1969
Succeeded by
Bill Battle
Preceded by
Ray Graves
University of Florida Head Football Coach
1970 – 1978
Succeeded by
Charley Pell
Preceded by
Bob Woodruff
University of Tennessee Athletic Director
1985 – 2002
Succeeded by
Mike Hamilton


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