Sonny Dykes returned to his alma mater as the team's wide receiver's coach in January 2000, and his presence has been felt ever since as Texas Tech has set over 20 receiving records since his first season.
Dykes has been instrumental in Texas Tech's record-setting passing attack. In his five seasons, Red Raider receivers have set numerous individual school and conference receiving records, including Jarrett Hicks, who set the single-season touchdown receptions record with 13 last season. Hicks has already garnered preseason All-America recognition heading into the 2005 campaign.
Among his previous pupils at Tech was Carlos Francis, a fourth-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 2004 NFL Draft. Francis finished his career with 20 receiving touchdowns, which ranks second on the career list at Tech and was third in career receiving yardage.
In addition to Francis, Dykes also coached former New York Giants receiver Derek Dorris during his career at Tech. Other players Dykes coached during his career who are currently on NFL rosters include Quentin McCord (Atlanta Falcons), Brad Pyatt (Indianapolis Colts) and Derek Smith (Cincinnati Bengals). Former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Leroy Fields also tutored under Dykes.
Dykes returned to Tech from the University of Kentucky, where he coached the tight ends and special teams as a graduate assistant on then-head coach Hal Mumme's staff. The 1999 season in Lexington was his second and saw one of his players, James Whalen, named to the Associated Press All-America team and set the all-time NCAA Division I record for receptions by a tight end. Whalen is currently with the Dallas Cowboys.
Dykes also was a graduate assistant under Mumme during the 1997 season, before heading to Northeast Louisiana University for the 1998 campaign.
Under Dykes' guidance, NLU wide receiver Marty Booker broke all of the school single-season and career receiving records. Booker was named first-team All-Independent and played in the Blue-Gray and East-West Shrine all-star games. Booker was a third-round selection in the 1999 NFL Draft of the Chicago Bears and is in his sixth season with the team.
Dykes worked at Navarro Junior College in 1995-96. In 1996, he was the quarterbacks and receivers coach and the passing game coordinator as Navarro posted a 7-4 record and reached the Texas junior college championship game. In 1995, he coached the running backs as Navarro went 8-2.
Dykes also coached running backs on the high school level at Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, in 1994. He got his start in coaching as a baseball coach at Monahans (Texas) High School in the spring of 1994.
A native of Big Spring, Texas, Dykes was a football and baseball star at Coronado High School in Lubbock. He went on to Texas Tech, where he was a three-year letterman as a first baseman. He graduated from Tech in 1993 with a degree in history.
Dykes is the son of Tech's all-time winningest football coach, Spike Dykes.
COACHING EXPERIENCE 2000- (Texas Tech University - Wide Receivers); 1999 (University of Kentucky - Inside Receivers/Special Teams); 1998 (Northeast Louisiana University - Wide Receivers); 1997 (University of Kentucky - Graduate Assistant/Tight Ends); 1996 (Navarro Junior College - Passing Game); 1995 (Navarro Junior College - Running Backs); 1994 - Pearce High School - Assistant).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE 2004 Holiday; 2003 Houston; 2002 Tangerine; 2001 Alamo; 2000 Galleryfurniture; 1999 Music City.