Texas Tech Legend Jack Dale Dies At Age 79

Texas Tech mourns the passing of Jack Dale who died Friday at the age of 79.

July 29, 2011

Texas Tech University mourns the passing of broadcasting legend Jack Dale. Dale was the voice for Texas Tech football and basketball for over 50 years. He was 79.

Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance
Texas Tech has lost a legend. For fifty years Jack Dale's voice conveyed stories of games won and lost, and we will forever be in his debt for all of those memories.

I had the pleasure to meet Jack when I was a Saddle Tramp, and I've considered him a good friend ever since. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jack's family and the entire Red Raider community.

Texas Tech President Dr. Guy Bailey
On behalf of Texas Tech University, I want to extend our condolences to the Jack Dale family. Jack spent most of his life serving Texas Tech and etched his name in the hearts of generations of Red Raider fans who tuned in to hear him call a game. We are very sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of a kind.

Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt on behalf of the Texas Tech Department of Athletics
For so many people, Jack Dale represented a very deep and emotional connection to Texas Tech sports. His detailed accounts gave fans what felt like front row seats every time the Red Raiders hit the football field or took to the basketball court. He was genuine and his words captivated generations of Red Raider fans who will forever be grateful.

I had the tremendous pleasure of meeting Jack on a couple of occasions since coming to Tech and I found him to be a true gentlemen. Red Raider Nation mourns the loss of a true legend who will not be forgotten.

Former Director of Athletics Gerald Myers
I always thought of Jack Dale as the consummate professional announcer. He called the game. He didn't question the officials and he never questioned strategy. He just called the game.

I had great respect for Jack. We didn't always have the best team but we always had the very best announcer. I was always so proud to have him because he was one of the best at his job and was always 100-percent professional.

Jack was a man of high integrity and honesty and was a tremendous asset to Texas Tech Athletics.

In those days, games weren't televised like they are now and Jack had a way of making games very real to the listeners. He brought Texas Tech football and basketball into people's living rooms and became a household name.

I consider him a great friend and I will miss him.

Texas Tech Head Men's Basketball Coach Billy Gillispie
I am very saddened to hear about the passing of the legend Jack Dale. He meant so much to so many for so long. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Houston Head Men's Basketball Coach and Former Texas Tech Head Coach James Dickey
We have lost a special man and a great friend. He WAS the Voice of the Red Raiders for decades. Jack was a constant professional and a class gentleman. He was dedicated to his family, his profession and truly loyal to all his friends.

Head Women's Tennis Coach Todd Petty
Jack Dale was a big part in Texas Tech athletics and has given a lot of time and devotion to being the voice of the Red Raiders and a supporter. He will be missed but his legacy will live on at Texas Tech.

Head Track & Field Coach Wes Kittley
Jack Dale was a true gentleman. He was a true legend and you will never find someone like Jack Dale ever again. He was a gentle nature and being a part of Texas Tech for over 50 years is amazing. Jack was good to me and I respect everything he has done for the track program and Texas Tech.

Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville
It was my honor to get to meet Mr. Dale. His service to Texas Tech University and our football program will never be forgotten. The fact that he served Tech for over 50 years is simply amazing and shows his love and dedication for this school.

Head Baseball Coach Dan Spencer
When Red Raider fans think about Texas Tech sports over the years one person who immediately comes to mind is Jack Dale. He was always a class-act and someone who will be dearly missed by all of us at Texas Tech and by all if the Red Raider fan base.

Head Softball Coach Shanon Hays
My memories of Texas Tech Basketball growing up as a little kid were always synonmous with Jack Dale. The chance to be an assistant basketball coach under James Dickey and get to know Jack was simply an honor. He was always the consomate professional and someone you could trust. I think the best way to describe him is that he truly loved Texas Tech."

Head Golf Coach Greg Sands
Jack Dale is simply a legend and I really enjoyed the opportunities I have had over the years to be around him. He was a true gentlemen and we will miss him.

Head Women's Basketball Coach Kristy Curry
I considered it an honor each time I had the chance to visit with Jack. He was such a gentlemen and always so knowledgeable of what was happening in our program. He had a special talent and love for Texas Tech like none other. Our Lady Raider Basketball Family will miss him dearly.

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