He began his head coaching career at Tech in 1991 and earned well-deserved honors for his team's turnaround performance, being named consensus SWC Coach of the Year, as well as NABC District Coach of the Year.
During the 1995-96 season, Dickey's squad won a school-record 30 games, including an 18-0 mark in Southwest Conference play. Tech advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in the program's history. During the season, the Red Raiders jumped into the top 10 for the first time in school history, finishing eighth in the Associated Press poll and 10th in the CNN/USA Today Coaches' poll.
Dickey first got into coaching when he joined the staff at Harding College in Searcy, Ark., for the 1976-77 season. Over the next five seasons, he had coaching stops at Harding Academy and Central Arkansas.
Following the 1980-81 season, Dickey accepted an offer from Coach Sutton to join the Arkansas Razorbacks' staff. Dickey worked at Arkansas for four seasons and helped lead the Razorbacks to a cumulative mark of 96-30. The Hogs put together four-straight NCAA appearances and won the 1982 SWC regular season and postseason titles.
Sutton accepted the head coaching job at Kentucky after the 1984-85 campaign, and Dickey also made the move to Lexington. The duo helped lead the Wildcats to an overall record of 90-40 in the next four seasons. Kentucky went to the NCAA Tournament three times during that span, including an Elite Eight appearance in 1986. Kentucky was ranked third in the final AP poll and fourth in the Coaches' poll.
Dickey got his first collegiate head coaching opportunity after the 1990-91 season. Dickey was named Tech’s 11th head coach on April 10, 1991, after serving as an assistant for one season. He amassed a 166-124 record and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament as the Red Raiders head coach.
Away from the players and coaching staff, Dickey does not have to look far to talk hoops. His wife, the former Bettye Fiscus, was a standout performer and the all-time leading scorer for the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks. She is currently a Realtor in Stillwater. The Dickeys have a daughter, Lauren Brooks, who is a freshman at OSU, and a 10-year-old son, Jared Allen.