This Sept. 26, 2015 photo shows former Texas Tech football coach Spike Dykes walking the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas. Seven straight bowl seasons, Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1996, and he put Texas Tech football on the map during the 1980s and 1990s.
Dykes is best known for his tenure as head coach of the Red Raiders football team from 1986 to 1999.
Dykes was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
He began his coaching career in 1972 as an assistant coach under Darrell Royal at the University of Texas, according to a Tech Athletic news release.
Although Coach Dykes retired back in 1999, his legacy made a mark on red raider fans young and old. Rick and Sonny both followed their father into coaching, and Sonny Dykes was head coach at California from 2013-16. The couple was married for more than 50 years and leave behind their sons, Ricky and Sonny, and their daughter, Bebe Petree. He was the true definition of West Texas! "He will forever be remembered as one of the all-time greatest Red Raiders".
That's a great description of the type of man Spike Dykes was.
Dykes was more than just a football coach to those who played for him. Coach Dykes was a pivotal figure in helping make Tech what it is today, and I hope he one day makes it into the Ring of Honor. That way you never get your priorities out of perspective.
Spike Dykes' 82 wins at Texas Tech were the most by a head coach in the program's history before Mike Leach (84) passed him in 2009.
Two memorial services will be held for Coach Dykes.
Bill Worley, a former Tech player and friend of the former coach, confirmed Dykes' passing. He always had this personable connection with you.