James Dickey

James Dickey (born April 2, 1954)

Teams coached: Texas Tech Red Raiders, Houston Cougars
Texas Tech record: 164-123 (.571) **
Houston record: 64-62 (.508)
Overall record: 228-185 (.552) **

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-2024 West Virginia (senior advisor)
2014-2016 Oklahoma State (asst)
2010-2014 Houston
2002-2008 Oklahoma State (asst)
1991-2001 Texas Tech
1990-1991 Texas Tech (asst)
1985-1989 Kentucky (asst)
1981-1985 Arkansas (asst)
1979-1981 Central Arkansas (asst)
1976-1977 Harding (asst)

James Dickey Facts

  • James Allen Dickey
  • Born April 2, 1954
  • Hometown: Valley Springs, Arkansas
  • Alma Mater: University of Central Arkansas (BA, 1976)
  • After graduating from Valley Springs HS (AR), Dickey played at then-Division II Central Arkansas
    • While at UCA, played for head coaches Cliff Horton and Don Nixon
  • Started his coaching career as an assistant at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas
    • Spent two years as the head basketball coach at Harding Academy, a K-12 private school affiliated with the University
  • Returned to his alma mater to be an assistant under new Bears’ head coach Don Dyer for two seasons
  • Moved up to the Division I ranks in 1981, when he was hired to be an assistant at Arkansas under Hall of Famer Eddie Sutton
    • Was a part of four NCAA Tournaments in four years at Arkansas, including a trip to the 1983 Sweet Sixteen
  • Followed Sutton to Kentucky in 1985, reaching three NCAA Tournaments (though the 1988 appearance was later vacated)
    • Sutton‘s whole staff was forced to resign in 1989 due to NCAA infractions committed while the program was on probation
  • After a year away from the game, Dickey became one of Gerald Myers‘ assistants at Texas Tech in 1990
    • Elevated to head coach at Tech a year later when Myers resigned and became the school’s assistant athletic director
    • Went 164-123 in ten seasons a the helm, winning two Southwest titles and two Southwest Tournaments
      • Reached the NCAA Tournament twice, though the Raiders’ 1996 Sweet Sixteen appearance was later vacated
      • An NCAA investigation revealed numerous violations within the program and while Dickey was not personally sanctioned, the program was docked scholarships and the on-court results immediately declined
    • Dickey was fired in 2001 following a 9-19 campaign, the fourth straight sub-.500 season for Tech
  • Reunited with Sutton in 2002, spending the next six seasons as an assistant at Oklahoma State
    • From 2006-08, Dickey was coaching under Eddie’s son, Sean Sutton
  • After a couple years out of coaching, Dickey was hired to be the head coach at Houston
    • Went 64-62 in four seasons at the helm, reaching the CBI in 2013 but never the NCAA Tournament or NIT
    • Resigned from his position in 2014 after going 17-16 (8-10) in the first season of AAC play
  • Returned to Oklahoma State, spending two seasons assisting Travis Ford before the staff was let go in 2016
  • Spent the 2023-24 season on the staff of interim West Virginia head coach Josh Eilert as senior advisor of men’s basketball

James Dickey Coaching Tree


** Listed records and accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA