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Spike Dykes

Spike Dykes
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1938-03-14) March 14, 1938
Lubbock, Texas
Playing career
1956-1958 Stephen F. Austin
Position(s) C
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
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
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 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Texas Tech 1.2
  • Head coaching record 2
  • Family 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Coaching career

Early years

Spike Dykes is a 1959 alumnus of Stephen F. Austin State University, where he played Center (American football) 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

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

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.


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.


  1. ^ a b c "Texas Tech 2010–11 Athletics Record Book".  
  2. ^ Spike Dykes to be inducted in Texas Sports Hall of Fame

External links

  • Texas Tech profile
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