American Football Database
American Football Database
Jim Dickey
Biographical details
Born(1934-03-22)March 22, 1934
DiedFebruary 17, 2018(2018-02-17) (aged 83)
Playing career
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
Big Eight Coach of the Year (1982)

James Dickey (March 22, 1934 – February 17, 2018) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Kansas State University from 1978 to 1985, compiling record of 24–54–2. In 1981, he redshirted 18 players, including eight seniors and almost all of his best players. With all of those players returning the following season in 1982, Dickey led Kansas State to their first bowl game appearance in school history, the Independence Bowl, where they lost to the Wisconsin Badgers.[1] 1982 was also the first winning season for the program since 1970 under head coach Vince Gibson.[2]

After opening the 1985 season with two consecutive losses to I-AA teams, Dickey was forced to resign on September 15.[3] Assistant athletic director Lee Moon coached the team for the remainder of the season posting a 1–8 record.

Dickey was the father of the former Kansas State quarterback and former head football coach at the University of North Texas, Darrell Dickey.[4] He died on February 17, 2018 at the age of 83.[5]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kansas State Wildcats (Big Eight Conference) (1978–1985)
1978 Kansas State 4–7 3–4 T–5th
1979 Kansas State 3–8 1–6 8th
1980 Kansas State 3–8 2–5 6th
1981 Kansas State 2–9 1–6 8th
1982 Kansas State 6–5–1 3–3–1 4th L Independence
1983 Kansas State 3–8 1–6 8th
1984 Kansas State 3–7–1 2–4–1 T–5th
1985 Kansas State 0–2*
Kansas State: 24–54–2 13–34–2
Total: 24–54–2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

* Dickey resigned as head coach after the second game of the 1985 season.

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Jim Dickey who became NCAA head coaches:

Gary Darnell: Tennessee Tech, Western Michigan Tim McGuire: Indiana State


  1. Independence Bowl Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found. Year-by-year records
  2. College Football Data Warehouse Kansas State University records
  3. "Kansas State Fires Coach Jim Dickey". Gainesville Sun. September 16, 1985.,220465.
  4. KSL TV "Darrell Dickey Named USU Offensive Coordinator" January 16, 2007
  5. Former Kansas State coach Jim Dickey dies at 83