Spike Dykes, revered former coach at Texas Tech, dead at 79

As a member of the Southwest Conference, Coach Dykes led Texas Tech to a 38-27-1 record, and was named the Southwest Conference's Coach of the Year in 1989, 1993, and 1994.

It was not immediately clear what led up to his death Monday morning.

Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes is lifted by Texas Tech alum and All-American E.J. Holub, right, and Taurus Rucker (89) after beating Oklahoma 38-28 in Lubbock on November 20, 1999. Dykes took over as head coach after the departure of David McWilliams before the 1986 Independence Bowl and went 82-67-1 during his run.

Mike Leach is credited with helping to bring Texas Tech to national prominence, but Dykes helped lay the groundwork for that success.

Baylor baseball suffered a back and forth loss to No. 6 Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at Griffin Park.

"Spike was a good man who loved Lubbock and the people of West Texas, and they loved him". "Coach Dykes was the consummate West Texan and Red Raider".

William Taylor Dykes, the son of a cotton ginner, was born across the street from the Texas Tech campus and grew up in tiny Oasis, near the New Mexico state line. Dykes was 79 years old.

Dykes joined the staff at Texas Tech in 1984 and was promoted to head coach in 1987. The Red Raiders swept the first four points of the match to earn its first Big 12 championship since 2012.

On November 20, 1999, Dykes retired after 13 seasons as head coach. The team had experienced only one winning season in its previous eight years.

  • Leroy Wright