Entering his first season as the offensive coordinator is Darrell Dickey, who will also direct the USU quarterbacks. Dickey replaces Mike Santiago who resigned after five games last season and was replaced by wide receiver coach Greg Stevens, who served as the interim coordinator the rest of the year.
Dickey comes to Utah State from North Texas, where he spent the previous nine seasons as the head coach, guiding the Mean Green to four consecutive conference championships between 2001-2004.
"Darrell brings a lot of Division I experience to the staff," USU head coach Guy said when Dickey was hired. "I have known him since our playing days in the old Big Eight Conference when he was the quarterback at Kansas State and I was at Oklahoma State."
Recently, Dickey was named the head coach of the Sun Belt Conference's 30th Anniversary Team.
"His success at North Texas speaks for itself," Guy added. "He has a great reputation in the state of Texas and we have already had good interaction with the high school coaches down there, so he will be a great asset for us in recruiting the state of Texas."
Dickey built a 42-64 overall record, annually playing one of the nation's more difficult non-conference schedules, as well as a 34-22 conference record. During North Texas' four-year conference reign, the Mean Green were 25-1 in league play. The Mean Green were 2-9 in 2005 and 3-9 last season and he was relieved of his duties.
Under his direction North Texas landed 70 players on all-Sun Belt Conference teams, including 39 first-team selections. Dickey guided the Mean Green to its first bowl win in 57 years as well as its first nine-win season in 26 years.
North Texas produced back-to-back NCAA rushing leaders as Patrick Cobbs led the nation in rushing in 2003 and the next year Jamario Thomas stepped in and repeated the feat.
"Darrell knows our situation, because it is the exact situation he had at North Texas," Guy said. "They played a difficult non-conference schedule and then got into conference play."
The offensive-minded Dickey has served as an offensive coordinator at Memphis (1988-89), UTEP (1994-96), and SMU (1997). He has also coached at Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and LSU.
"I am very excited to join the USU family," Dickey said. "I have talked to a number of people that have coached at Utah State and lived in Cache Valley and they were unanimous about what a great place it is to live and to work.
"Having coached against the Aggies in the past, I know the potential of the program and after lengthy discussions with Coach Guy, I strongly believe in how he is going about building the program," Dickey said. "I am looking forward to being a part of Utah State football."
The 47-year old Dickey was a quarterback at Kansas State, where he led the Wildcats to the 1982 Independence Bowl, the school's first ever bowl game.
Dickey is a 1984 graduate of Kansas State, earning his bachelor's degree in business administration.
Last season, Dickey suffered a heart attack on Oct. 13 and missed one game. He had his gal bladder removed, was diagnosed with diabetes, and suffered a heart attack all within nine months.
Named after University of Texas legendary head coach Darrell Royal, he is the son of Jim Dickey, Sr., who was a collegiate head coach at Kansas State, Florida and Southern Mississippi. Dickey and his wife, the former Tory Byrd, have a daughter, Meredith.
Dickey's Year by Year Head Coaching Record at North Texas Record Year All Conf./Finish 1998 3-8 3-2 / 2nd 1999 2-9 1-5 / 7th 2000 3-8 1-4 / t4th 2001 5-7 5-1 / t1st 2002 8-5 6-0 / 1st 2003 9-4 7-0 / 1st 2004 7-5 7-0 / 1st 2005 2-9 2-5 / 8th 2006 3-9 2-5 / 7th Totals 42-64 34-22
Coaching Experience 1990-94 UC Davis Head JV Coach 1985 Texas A&M Graduate Asst. 1986-89 Memphis Off. Co./RB/TE 1990 Mississippi St. QB/RB 1991-93 LSU Tight Ends 1994-96 UTEP Asst. HC/Off. Co. 1997 SMU Off. Coord. 1998-2006 North Texas Head Coach
Playing Experience 1979-82 Kansas State Quarterback Education 1983 Kansas State Business Admin. Personal Born December 6, 1959 Married to the former Tory Byrd Daughter Meredith
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