Coach Snyder Adds OL Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder has announced that Utah assistant coach Charlie Dickey has joined the Wildcat coaching staff as an assistant coach and will tutor the Wildcat offensive line.

Dickey, who just capped his fourth season at Utah with an undefeated 13-0 season and a win over No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, has been instrumental in the Utes' success on offense and has worked alongside newly-appointed Wildcat offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig for the past four seasons.

He took charge of Utah's offensive line in 2005 and his position has been regarded as a Ute stronghold since. In 2006, the Utes were the last team in the country to allow a sack - going six games before anyone got to their quarterback.

This past season, offensive tackle Zane Beadles and guard Robert Conley were First Team All-Mountain West Conference selections under Dickey and protected and paved the way for quarterback Brian Johnson, the 2008 MWC Offensive Player of the Year and Sugar Bowl Most Outstanding Player.

During his time at Utah, Dickey coached four first-team all-conference players in center Jesse Boone (2005), tackles Tavo Tupola (2006) and Beadles (2008) and guard Conley (2008). In 2007, Beadles and Conley won second team honors.

Dickey coached in the Pac-10 for 13 years before heading to Utah, spending 12 years at his alma mater, Arizona, and one season at Washington. At Arizona, he coached the offensive line from 1992-2002 and the tight ends in 2003. In 2004, Dickey went to Washington as the Huskies' offensive line coach.

While at Arizona, Dickey developed first-team all-conference linemen Warner Smith (1994) and Yusuf Scott (1998). Scott won the 1998 Morris Trophy award, which goes to the league's outstanding offensive lineman.

Dickey began his coaching career after playing one season for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1987 NFL strike. In 1988, he worked at Arizona as a graduate assistant coach before tutoring the offensive line at Scottsdale Community College in 1989 and at Northern Arizona from 1990-91.

In his playing days, Dickey started at offensive guard at Arizona from 1983-84 - compiling a streak of 1,230 consecutive offensive plays (including all 840 offensive plays of the 1983 season). He was named second-team all-Pac-10 in 1984 and was Arizona's Offensive Most Valuable Player. Before going to Arizona, he completed an all-conference junior college career at Scottsdale Community College.

Dickey, who earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Arizona in 1987, is married to the former Lisa Bradshaw, a native of Jetmore, Kan., and a member of the Arizona women's basketball team from 1983-85. The couple has five children: daughters Jazmin, Tasha and Shyanne, and son Charles Jr. A daughter, Chanel, passed away at the age of three. Tasha is a member of the women's basketball team at Arizona.


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