Doug Dickey

College Football Player + College Football Coach + College Athletic Director + College Football Hall of Fame Member

Douglas Adair Dickey is a former American college football player and coach and college athletics administrator. Dickey is a South Dakota native who was raised in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida, where he played college football. He is best known as the head coach of the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida football teams, and afterward, as the athletic director of the University of Tennessee.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Doug Dickey.


1932 Birth Dickey was born in Vermillion, South Dakota in 1932, and grew up in Gainesville, Florida, where his father was a speech professor at the University of Florida.


1951 19 Years Old After graduating from P.K. Yonge High School in Gainesville, he attended the University of Florida and played for coach Bob Woodruff's Florida Gators football team from 1951 to 1953. … Read More


1952 20 Years Old Dickey began his college career as a defensive back, but he remarkably advanced from seventh on the Gators' quarterback depth chart to starter after Haywood Sullivan's early departure for the Boston Red Sox left the Gators without a starting quarterback in 1952. … Read More
1953 21 Years Old In January 1953, Dickey led the Gators to a 14–13 win over the University of Tulsa in the Gator Bowl, Florida's first-ever NCAA-sanctioned bowl game.
1954 22 Years Old While a student at Florida, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (Florida Upsilon chapter). He graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1954.
1957 25 Years Old After graduating from the University of Florida, Dickey served in the U.S. Army. From 1957 to 1963, he worked as an assistant football coach on the staff of Frank Broyles at the University of Arkansas. … Read More


1965 33 Years Old Dickey was recognized as Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year in 1965 and 1967, and his Tennessee teams won SEC Championships in 1967 and 1969. … Read More
1969 37 Years Old In 1969, the Volunteers clinched their second SEC championship and were invited to play Florida in the Gator Bowl. … Read More
1970 38 Years Old Dickey became the head football coach at the University of Florida in 1970. … Read More


1978 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Notably, Dickey gave the Gators' former Heisman-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier his first coaching job, as the Gators quarterbacks coach, in 1978.


1985 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Dickey returned to the University of Tennessee, where he served as athletic director from 1985 through 2002, leading one of the premier inter-collegiate athletic programs in the nation. … Read More


2000 68 Years Old Dickey was honored as "Tennessean of the Year" by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. … Read More
2002 70 Years Old After retiring in 2002, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2003. … Read More
2010 78 Years Old In a 2010 interview, Dickey tried to safe face "I didn't say to lay down, but I said to let 'em score." and later told players "But at least try to block the extra point.'"
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