UH names Dickey as new men’s basketball coach
After nearly two weeks of speculation among fans and media, UH Athletic Director Mack Rhoades announced Thursday that James Dickey had been hired as the new men’s basketball head coach.
Dickey succeeds Tom Penders, who stepped down March 22 after six years at the helm.
Dickey, who served as head coach at Texas Tech from 1991-2001, spent the last two years out of coaching following a death in his family. Before that, he was an assistant at Oklahoma State for six seasons and helped lead the Cowboys to a 31-4 record and a Final Four appearance during the 2003-04 season.
“The more people I spoke with during our coaching search, the more good things I heard about James, his character and the quality of program that he leads,” Rhoades said at Thursday’s press conference. “Winning basketball programs, with first-class student-athletes on and off the court, have followed James throughout his career, and that is certainly no coincidence.”
Dickey comes to UH with a 164-123 record in 10 seasons as head coach at Texas Tech. He guided the Red Raiders to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT berth during his tenure in Lubbock.