Legendary football coach Spike Dykes has passed away at the age of 79.
There are some coaches who are all business. And don't really seem to care about anything but their team. And then there was Spike Dykes. An assistant at UT in the 1970s, and then a coach at Texas Tech in the 80s and 90s. He always loved to visit. To get to know you. To smile and to laugh. And that's a big reason why so many mourn his loss today.
Spike was like a big bear hug. Every day. Didn't matter if he was head coach at Tech, or retired and spending time on the golf course at Horseshoe Bay. He loved life and he cared about you. And he didn't keep it a secret.
Spike was a high school coach around Texas in the 60s and then hired by Darrell Royal as an assistant at UT in 1972. He went back to the high school ranks after that, coaching Midland Lee in the early 80s. Hired at Tech in the mid 80s, he replaced David McWilliams as head coach when McWilliams left Lubbock to return to Austin.
He went to seven bowl games with Texas Tech. Along the way he was named conference coach of the year four times, including the first year of the Big 12. Spike Dykes retired in 1999 with a coaching record of 82-67-1. His sons, Sonny and Rick, followed in his footsteps as football coaches.