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Joe Dickinson (born July 17, 1956) is an American football coach and former player. Most notably, he served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Northern Illinois from 1991 to 1995, and the University of Oklahoma in 1998. Dickinson also was an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa, Marshall University, Tulane University and the University of Central Oklahoma. Dickinson is currently an NFL quarterback consultant for the Buffalo Bills [1] and is the director of coaching and lead quarterback instructor for DeBartolo Sports University, conducting both private and group training events across the United States.[2]

High school and collegeEdit

Dickinson attended Wayne High School in Wayne, Oklahoma, and was a four-sport standout. Upon graduation he attended East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, and was a three-year letter winner as quarterback of their football team.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

Dickinson began his coaching career as an assistant for Tecumseh High School (1978–80), as well as Edmond High School (1981–82). He used that experience to gain a head coaching position in 1983, at one of the premier football programs in Oklahoma, Davis High School.

After concluding one full season, Dickinson became a graduate assistant for the University of Oklahoma (1983–85), where he was part of the 1985 Sooner National Championship team coached by Barry Switzer. During these years at Oklahoma, Dickinson was able to coach and work with Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman.

From 1986-1989, Dickinson would hold the position of running backs coach for the University of Tulsa before leaving to become the offensive coordinator for Marshall University in 1990. Under his direction, Marshall scored 42 or more points in four of their contests.

At the conclusion of the season, Dickinson took his play-calling skills to Northern Illinois University where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1991 to 1995. In 1993, he helped oversee the nation's leading rusher, LeShon Johnson,[4] who carried for 1,976 yards on 327 carries while finishing 6th in the Heisman voting.

In 1996, Dickinson moved back to his native Oklahoma for a second stint with the Sooners coaching staff. He started as the running backs coach from 1996 to 1997, where he coached RB De'mond Parker who finished with 2,327 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons. Dickinson would be promoted to offensive coordinator for the 1998 season.[5] That year, he helped the Sooners to their best finish since 1995, but would leave the program with the arrival of Bob Stoops in 1999.

Dickinson accepted a position with Tulane University [6] to be their running backs coach. In the 1999 season, he guided five Green Wave players to carry the ball at least 38 times and help four of the five backs to achieve an average yard per carry of over 4 yards.

Wanting to be close to his home, Dickinson moved back to Oklahoma where he would become the Recruiting Coordinator and Quarterback and Wide Receiver Coach for the University of Central Oklahoma (2003–06). Here, he was attributed with bringing in highly touted recruiting classes and helped the Central Oklahoma Bronco quarterbacks pass for 8,944 yards and over 40 touchdowns in his four seasons with the team.

After concluding his twenty five years in the college coaching ranks, Dickinson helped tutor young quarterbacks through the Air 7 Quarterback University[7] that traveled throughout the United States.[8] The highlight of the Air 7 Quarterback University (known today as Football University) was the strong relationship with the United States Army All-American Bowl which highlights the top high school athletes around the country.

In 2007, Dickinson was hired to be the Lead Quarterback Instructor at DeBartolo Sports University which conducts quarterback camps and private training all over the country. Since 2007, over 1100 Quarterbacks have been trained by Dickinson, ranging from amateur to professional levels.

Throughout his coaching career, he has been credited to work with NFL quarterbacks Troy Aikman, J. P. Losman, Patrick Ramsey, Gus Frerotte,[9] Rudy Carpenter, Josh Freeman,[10] Rhett Bomar,[11] Matt Barkley,[12] and Chase Daniel. He is also credited with the development of college quarterbacks Austin Brown, Conner Preston (Southern Methodist University), Dayne Crist (University of Notre Dame), Cody Keith[13] (East Carolina University), Daxx Garman (Oklahoma State University),[14][15] David Cornwell (University of Alabama),[16][17][18][19] Alexander Diamont (Indiana University), Graham Wilbert[20][21][22] (Florida Atlantic University), and Quinn Shanbour (Oklahoma State University). Along with his involvement in the development of top 2016 quarterback prospect Augie DeBiase[23] and top youth quarterback prospect JD Head,[24] Dickinson is also responsible for assisting in the development of the following 2014 and 2015 Division One quarterback commitments:[25] Travis Smith (University of Toledo), Landon Root (Northern Illinois University), Rafe Peavey (University of Arkansas), and John Jacobs[26][27][28][29][30] (East Carolina University).

Personal lifeEdit

He has also appeared in the Snoop Dogg television series Fatherhood, where he is shown tutoring Snoop Dogg's son who is focused on developing his quarterback skills. He is also part of the documentary, "The Hopeful,"[31] starring East Carolina University quarterback Cody Keith.[32]

Dickinson resides in Rosedale, Oklahoma.


  1. "Heated QB competition for Buffalo Bills requires extra eyes". Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  2. "DeBartolo Sports Instructor Joe Dickinson Having Huge Impact on College Football". Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  3. "Three-Year Letter winner as Quarterback of East Central". Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  4. "College football; LeShon Johnson's Land Rush of 1993". Retrieved 2013-08-08.
  5. "Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator". Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  6. "Coaching Bio". Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  7. "Another Option to Learn".
  8. "Los Angeles DeBartolo Football Festival Recap".
  9. "work with NFL quarterbacks". Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  10. "Dickinson brought in for first annual Josh Freeman Camp". Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  11. "Q&A: Rhett Bomar on life after OU".
  12. "Coach Dickinson developing young quarterbacks". Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  13. "Cody Keith signs with East Carolina University". Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  14. "Daxx Garman commits to play at Arizona". Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  15. Trotter, Jake (25 September 2014). "Daxx Garman's perseverance paying off". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  16. "How Alabama commitment David Cornwell became a top quarterback prospect". Retrieved 2013-07-02.
  17. "How Norman North's David Cornwell went from a freshman who couldn't throw much of a spiral to an Alabama recruiting target". Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  18. "Cornwell has overcome his share of hardship in order to suit up for T-Wolves". Retrieved 2013-08-08.
  19. "A unique journey to the top". Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  20. "Graham Wilbert is Training Hard for His Shot at the NFL". Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  21. "Wilbert Sets Sights Towards NFL Bid". Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  22. "Light workout".
  23. "DeBiase returns to Providence". Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  24. "Edmond Middle Schooler Considered Top QB Talent". Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  25. PRWeb. "Five DeBartolo Sports University Quarterbacks Commit To Division I Schools". Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  26. "John Jacobs commits to East Carolina". Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  27. "New 'Air Raid' pilot in the wings". Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  28. "OKPreps top 25 for 2015". Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  29. "Prep football star John Jacobs 'Best Dual-Threat QB in America,' Experts Say". Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  30. "Five-star prospect John Jacobs visited Mid-South, labeled 'game changer' by scouts". Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  31. "The Hopeful". Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  32. "4-Star quarterback Cody Keith enrolls at Cheshire Academy". Retrieved 2013-08-14.
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