Oct. 4, 2010
Former University of Arizona head football Coach Dick Tomey will be recognized at the Oregon State-Arizona football game this Saturday while attending the game as guest of UA athletics director Greg Byrne.
Tomey, who coached 14 seasons at Arizona from 1987 to 2000 and left as the winningest coach in school history (95-64-4), later moved to an assistant post in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, at the University of Texas for one year and as head coach at San Jose State from 2005 until 2009.
Tomey won a total of 183 games as a collegiate head coach at Hawaii (1979 to 1986), Arizona and SJSU, compiling a record of 183-145-7. He took seven Arizona teams to bowl games, capping the two best seasons in Arizona history with a victory over Miami in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl (10-2) and a victory over Nebraska in the 1998 Holiday Bowl (12-1). The latter made him, at the time, the eighth Pac-10 coach in 85 years to win 12 games in a season.
The 1998 Wildcats finished No. 4 in the Associated Press rankings, UA's highest.
At UA he had nine winning seasons, finished with a Pac-10 games record of 60-49-4 to leave the league No. 8 on the conference games coaching victories chart, and was Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1992. He coached 20 All-Americans, 43 first-team all-Pac-10 players and four Pac-10 Players of the Year. His players at UA won eight national player awards.
The University accorded him a Provost Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1998.
Tomey will be introduced in the north end zone during the break between the first and second quarters, along with his wife, author Nanci Kincaid, son, Rich, and daughter-in-law Rachelle Tomey.
He'll be receiving the athletics department's John Button Salmon Award for outstanding service.
The football game on Family Weekend kicks off at 4 p.m. and will be televised nationally on Versus cable. Tickets are available although sales indicate the game could be UA's second advance sellout of the year along with the Iowa game.