Director of Athletics
The celebration of
Doug Dickey's career in college athletics continues at full pace.
Over the past three years, accolades recognizing a job well done have
been directed on the longtime football coach and administrative leader.
The awards have been granted with increased frequency as the full measure
of his achievements has received national attention.
Saluted for his exceptional success in the sports world, Dickey has humbly
accepted a string of prestigious honors that point to his immense contribution
in the field of college athletics.
Four years ago, he was selected as first recipient of the John H. Toner
Award, bestowed on a top athletics director by the National Football
Foundation and Hall of Fame. The presentation took place at the organization's
annual gathering at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
Then in 2000, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, holding its winter banquet
in Nashville, named Dickey Tennessean of the Year. The most recent addition
to the bulging Dickey resume came last April when he received the Robert
R. Neyland trophy for his work as head coach at Tennessee and Florida.
The award was especially meaningful to Dickey because of the coach's
unquenchable love for the sport of football.
The most recent addition
to the bulging Dickey resume came in April 2001 when he received the Robert
R. Neyland Trophy for his work as head coach at Tennessee and Florida. The
award was especially meaningful to Dickey because of the coach's unquenchable
love for the sport of football.
Dickey, who as University of Tennessee athletics director has
shepherded one of college sports' most successful programs
for 17 years, joined
such previous Neyland recipients as Paul (Bear) Bryant and Eddie Robinson.
His 104-58-6 overall coaching mark embraced two Southeastern
Conference championship seasons at Tennessee and 19 All-America
stars who played
under his tutelage with the Vols or Gators.
As a player, assistant coach, head coach and administrator,
Dickey has been involved with 29 bowl games beginning with
the 1952 Gator Bowl in
which he played quarterback for Florida.
Over a span of 38 years, Dickey has been the principal force
in University of Tennessee sports, first as a coach and since
1985 directing a Vol
athletic department that has been a model of consistent performance.
Keenly aware of a continuing goal to keep Tennessee in the
forefront of collegiate competition, Dickey responds to the
desire of fans for
a strong presence on the national scene. In the most recent sports
season, 2000-2001, UT's achievements were of storybook proportions:
in track and field, College World Series in baseball, NCAA finalists
in tennis, NCAA third place in swimming and diving and the Cotton Bowl
in football. In addition both the basketball and golf teams participated
in NCAA tournaments.
As athletic director, the 69-year-old coach-turned-administrator
has been heavily involved in policy-making on the national
level. For example,
in a six-year term with the football rules committee, he served as
chairman from 1992 through 1994. Since 1992, Dickey has been
a member of the board
of NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic
Equipment. On the statewide level, Dickey has employed his administrative
skills to play a key role in the building of a Tennessee Sports Hall
of Fame in a wing of the Nashville arena. He was the SEC representative
to the NCAA's Football Issue's Committee. In addition he is on the
Strategic Planning Committee of the National Association of
of Athletics (NACDA).
Dickey's service at UT encompasses responsibilities as head
coach for six seasons (1964-69) and as athletics director since
1985. As coach,
he put Tennessee back on the national football map with a string of
productive seasons that included league championships and bowl
appearances. As athletics
director, he has overseen a huge facilities construction and renovation
UT under Dickey has completed building projects that brought
its physical plant to the top among major colleges and universities.
A landmark development
was the opening four years ago of an expanded north end of Neyland
Stadium, bringing capacity to well over 100,000. A UT record
crowd of 108,768
saw the 2000 Tennessee-Florida game in Knoxville.
Among other additions to the campus sports scene in recent
years have been the Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena,
Lindsey Nelson baseball
stadium, renovated Gibbs Hall dormitory, the Goodfriend tennis complex,
Tom Elam press box and executive suites at Neyland Stadium and Neyland-Thompson
Sports Center, the name given to the Vol football complex.
Construction of 78
new skyboxes at Neyland Stadium, on the east side, was completed in
time for the 2000 season. The Thornton Athletic Student Life Center
was opened last spring.
The arena, begun under the administration of previous athletics director
Bob Woodruff and completed after Dickey's appointment, has proved a magnet
for basketball tournaments and other events attracted by its 24,500-seat
Other honors have come Dickey's way in recognition of his continuing
contributions to college athletics. He has been inducted into the Tennessee
Sports Hall of Fame, the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame and the Knoxville Sports
Hall of Fame.
When Dickey succeeded Woodruff as athletics director in 1985, he put
a top priority on bringing UT's facilities to a level that would enable
Vol coaches and athletes to compete on an even plane with their Southeastern
Conference rivals. The multi-million dollar building program was a must
on his agenda.
One of his first steps was the implementation of a well-orchestrated
scholarship fund-raising drive, which has increased UT's level of giving
from approximately $800,000 to more than $15 million annually. Contributions
have increased dramatically under Dickey's astute leadership and have
been instrumental in financing the ambitious building program.
A college football coach for 22 years before moving onto the business
world in 1980, Dickey became only the fourth athletic director in UT
history when he was chosen to the job of overseeing Tennessee's success-oriented
Always mindful of the role athletics plays within the framework of the
university's educational mission, Dickey has taken particular satisfaction
in allocating athletic department funds, as available, to academic scholarships
such as the Robert R. Neyland grants, university library and the more
recent Peyton Manning Scholarships. Over the years of Dickey's administration,
the athletic department has supported academic programs in a tangible
Douglas Adair Dickey brought to the athletics director's job the qualities
the university was searching for in a replacement for Woodruff. He had
long-standing ties with Tennessee, he had been involved with college
athletics for more than two decades, he had participated successfully
in business and he enjoyed a reputation for total integrity.
Before taking the Tennessee post, Dickey had been for four years general
manager of the Florida Tile Ceramic Centers, with headquarters in Lakeland,
Fla. He previously had served the firm as its Southeast regional sales
One of Dickey's five children, Daryl, was the starting quarterback and
the most valuable player in the Sugar Bowl after Tennessee's 1985 team
won the Southeastern Conference championship. But the current athletic
director's ties to UT were forged in the 1960s when he took a football
program that had happened onto lean times and turned it into a national
powerhouse with all the accoutrements of success--SEC championships,
high national rankings, a bevy of All-America stars and annual bowl game
Six years after he came to Tennessee, a youthful head coach taking on
the established greats of his fiercely competitive profession, Dickey
left Knoxville. He answered a call from his alma mater, the University
of Florida, and moved to Gainesville as head coach after the 1969 season.
His nine-year record at Florida was 58-43-2, which combined with his
six-year mark at Tennessee of 46-15-4, left him with overall totals of
104-58-6. Dickey closed out his coaching career by spending the 1979
season as assistant head coach at the University of Colorado.
It was Woodruff, then only a year into his athletic director's job at
Tennessee, who brought Dickey, age 31 at the time, from an assistant's
post at Arkansas to the demanding assignment as steward of the Big Orange
football program before the 1964 season.
Woodruff had kept close tabs on Dickey from the time of the latter's
undergraduate days at Florida, where Woodruff was the Gators' head coach.
He detected in the lanky quarterback of his 1953 team traits that would
prove invaluable if Doug were to pursue a coaching career. "Dickey was
one of the brainiest quarterbacks I ever saw," Woodruff told newsmen
when the announcement was made in December of 1963 that Dickey would
replace Jim McDonald at the Tennessee helm.
Except for the five years he spent in business, Dickey has been around
college campuses almost his entire life. He was born in Vermillion, S.
D., where his father, the late Dallas Dickey, was a speech professor
at the University of South Dakota. His father later was on the faculty
at Louisiana State University and at the University of Florida.
Young Dickey, after playing high school football at Gainesville, accepted
a scholarship to the University of Florida from Woodruff. After graduation
he coached for a year at a high school in St. Petersburg, Fla., and coached
at Fort Carson, Colo., while in the service. Then came an opportunity
to join the staff of Frank Broyles at the University of Arkansas. Over
the next six years, Doug acquired a wealth of knowledge under Broyles,
coaching defense four years and then serving as head offensive coach
his final two seasons.
Doug is married to the former JoAnne Beville. They have four sons---Donald,
Daniel, David and Daryl-- daughter, Mrs. Jaren Anne Wells, and 12 grandchildren.
Quarterbacked 1953 Florida team that defeated Tulsa in the Gator
Inducted into Gator Bowl Hall of Fame
Head coach six years (1964-69) at Tennessee and nine years (1970-78)
His Tennessee record, 46-15-4, combined with his Florida record,
58-43-2, for a mark of 104-58-6 and a .637 winning percentage
Vols teams won SEC championship in 1967 and 1969
Southeastern Conference coach of the year in 1965 and 1967
Coached 19 first-team All-Americas at Tennessee and Florida
Involved in 25 bowls at Fla. and Tenn. as player, coach or athletics
The 1967 Vols were selected as national champions by Likenhous
and were so recognized in the NCAA record book
Named 2001 winner of Neyland Trophy by Knoxville Quarterback
For 17 years has directed Tennessee's balanced and highly competitive
program with a current budget of $57,000,000
Has overseen building projects that have brought Tennessee's
physical plant to the top among major colleges and universities,
including five expansions of Neyland Stadium that have increased
capacity to 104,079
Inductee of both the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
First recipient of John H. Toner Award, the highest honor bestowed
on an athletics director by the National Football Foundation
and Hall of Fame
Named Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of
Past chairman of the NCAA football rules committee, has served
on NCAA football issues committee and serves on NCAA strategic
24, 1932, at Vermillion, S.D.
EDUCATION: P.K. Yonge, H.S., Gainesville, Fla., 1950
|COLLEGE EDUCATION: University
of Florida 1954
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Quarterback,
CAREER: St. Petersburg High School 1954, Ft. Carson 1955-56,
Arkansas 1957-63, Tennessee 1964-69, Florida 1970-78, Colorado
Daniel, David, Daryl, Mrs. Jaren Anne Wells