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Dick Tomey
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Tomey (right) with Bill Walsh
Current position
Biographical details
Born (1938-06-20) June 20, 1938 (age 83)
Bloomington, Indiana
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Miami (OH) (GA)
Northern Illinois (assistant)
Davidson (assistant)
Kansas (assistant)
UCLA (assistant)
San Francisco 49ers (assistant)
Texas (assistant HC)
San Jose State
Hawaii (ST)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 Pac-10 (1993)
WAC Coach of the Year (1981)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1992)

Dick Tomey (born June 20, 1938) is an American football coach and former player. Tomey has served as the head football coach at Hawaii (1977–1986), the University of Arizona (1987–2000), and San Jose State University (2005–2009), compiling a career college football record of 183–145–7. His last full-time coaching position was as the special teams coach at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2011 under head coach Greg McMackin, who resigned after the season. Tomey was not retained by McMackin's successor, Norm Chow. Tomey served as a head coach of the victorious West team in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game on January 11, 2013 at Kino Stadium in Arizona.

Coaching career

Early positions

The DePauw University graduate and Phi Kappa Psi member held assistant coaching positions at Miami University, Northern Illinois University, Davidson College, the University of Kansas, and UCLA.


From 1977 to 1986, he led his teams at Hawaii to their first in season top-20 Associated Press ranking in 1981, and their first AP first-team All-American player, Al Noga. In 1981, Tomey also earned Western Athletic Conference "Coach of the Year" honors. He left as the winningest coach in Hawaii history, but has since been passed by June Jones.


In 1987, he became head coach at Arizona, earning Pac-10 "Coach of the Year" honors in 1992. During his tenure, he coached five future NFL first-round draft choices, 20 All-Americans, and 43 Pac-10 first team players. His best teams were in the mid-1990s, highlighted by a tenacious "Desert Swarm" defense. He led Arizona to the only two ten-win seasons in school history, highlighted by a 12–1 campaign in 1998, in which they finished fourth in both major polls, the highest ranking in school history. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were drubbed in the 1999 season opener against Penn State and never recovered; Tomey resigned after the 2000 season.[1] His 95 wins are the most in Wildcats history.

San Francisco 49ers and Texas

In 2003, he was an assistant defensive coach for the San Francisco 49ers, and in 2004 he helped lead the Texas Longhorns to an 11–1 season and their first-ever Rose Bowl appearance and victory as the assistant head coach and defensive ends coach.

San Jose State

In 2005, he became head coach at San Jose State University. Despite a 3–8 record in his inaugural season, the Spartans posted a 3–2 record at home, their first winning record since the 2000 season, although one of these wins came against a Division I-AA team. Also, the Spartans were the Division I-A leader in improved attendance. They were one of 11 teams to allow 100 fewer points from the previous year. Three of their losses were by only one touchdown and one of those came against the 2005 WAC co-champion, Nevada. Finally, the Spartans closed out their season with back-to-back wins for the first time since 1997. This two-game winning streak ended during the 2006 season opener, when they lost to Washington.

In 2006, the Spartans finished their regular season 8–4, and participated in the inaugural New Mexico Bowl against New Mexico. San Jose State won the game 20–12 on December 23, 2006 and finished with a 9–4 overall record.

In 2009, he was named President of the American Football Coaches Association.[2] On November 16, 2009, Tomey announced he would be retiring at season's end.[3] Tomey finished his final season as the Spartans head coach with a 2–10 record in 2009, bringing his head coaching record to 25–35 at San Jose State and 183–145–7 overall in college football.

Broadcasting career

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Tomey, c. 1972

As of September 9, 2010, the WAC Sports Network—the Western Athletic Conference and its multimedia rights partner, Learfield Sports—appointed seven members to the WSN broadcast team, one of which was Tomey as a color commentator for the network.


Tomey's wife, Nanci Kincaid, is a contemporary fiction author. Her latest book title, Eat, Drink and Be From Mississippi, is a January 2009 Little, Brown and Company publication that received strong, favorable reviews from Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. Tomey and Kincaid are the parents of four adult children and grandparents of five.[4]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (Independent) (1977–1978)
1977 Hawaii 5–6
1978 Hawaii 6–5
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (Western Athletic Conference) (1979–1986)
1979 Hawaii 6–5 3–4 T–4th
1980 Hawaii 8–3 4–3 3rd
1981 Hawaii 9–2 6–1 2nd
1982 Hawaii 6–5 4–4 5th
1983 Hawaii 5–5–1 3–3–1 5th
1984 Hawaii 7–4 5–2 2nd
1985 Hawaii 4–6–2 4–3–1 4th
1986 Hawaii 7–5 4–4 T–4th
Hawaii: 63–46–3 33–24–2
Arizona Wildcats (Pacific-10 Conference) (1987–2000)
1987 Arizona 4–4–3 2–3–3 7th
1988 Arizona 7–4 5–3 T–3rd
1989 Arizona 8–4 5–3 T–2nd W Copper 25
1990 Arizona 7–5 5–4 5th L Aloha
1991 Arizona 4–7 3–5 T–6th
1992 Arizona 6–5–1 4–3–1 5th L John Hancock
1993 Arizona 10–2 6–2 T–1st W Fiesta 9 10
1994 Arizona 8–4 6–2 T–2nd L Freedom 20
1995 Arizona 6–5 4–4 T–5th
1996 Arizona 5–6 3–5 T–5th
1997 Arizona 7–5 4–4 T–5th W
1998 Arizona 12–1 7–1 2nd W Holiday 4 4
1999 Arizona 6–6 3–5 T–6th
2000 Arizona 5–6 3–5 T–5th
Arizona: 95–64–4 60–49–4
San Jose State Spartans (Western Athletic Conference) (2005–2009)
2005 San Jose State 3–8 2–6 T–6th
2006 San Jose State 9–4 5–3 3rd W New Mexico
2007 San Jose State 5–7 4–4 T–4th
2008 San Jose State 6–6 4–4 T–5th
2009 San Jose State 2–10 1–7 T–8th
San Jose State: 25–35 16–24
Total: 183–145–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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