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Charlie Dickey
Charlie Dickey

Tight Ends Coach

12th Year at Arizona

16th Year

Charlie Dickey is the dean of the Arizona football coaching staff, entering his 12th season. The 2003 year brings a new focus for Dickey, who will coach the tight ends after 11 years working with the offensive line.

It's a fresh look for Dickey and gives the staff an extra hand with across-the-line experience up front.

Dickey has helped the University of Arizona build a reputation in the past decade as fertile ground for professional teams to check for productive players. Whether drafted or signed as free agents, 12 Arizona linemen have moved on to NFL active rosters since the 1990 season. That’s an average of one per year and outstanding testimony to Dickey’s coaching ability.

This year his focus shifts to a position where the Wildcats return only two scholarship players, one a redshirt freshman, and will welcome two junior college players in the fall. It's a challenging task but Dickey has shown ability to develop solid units whether laden with experienced players or forged from relative newcomers.

Among Dickey’s recent UA players was Super Bowl starting left guard Edwin Mulitalo of the Baltimore Ravens. Dickey also has sent Yusuf Scott (Arizona), Frank Middleton (Tampa Bay) and Jose Portilla (Atlanta), among others, into the professional ranks in recent drafts, or in the case of Portilla and Steven Grace, via free agency. Makoa Freitas was drafted in April by the Indianapolis Colts.

Dickey was hired by John Mackovic to remain as offensive line coach in early 2001. Last year the group helped Arizona set doezens of single-game, season or career offensive marks for individual skill players. The past two UA offenses have featured: at 2,000-passer and 1,000-yard rusher; and a 3,000-yard passer and 1,300-yard receiver.

Dickey brings the viewpoint as a former Wildcat player to the UA coaching mix. he was a standout offensive guard at Arizona in 1983-84, playing every snap during hte 1983 season.

Dickey was an all-state offensive lineman at Scottsdale, Ariz., Saguaro High School and an all-conference guard at Scottsdale Community College. He transferred to Arizona for the 1983 season and started two seasons at offensive guard, earning second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 1984 and voted the team’s offensive Most Valuable Player.

Dickey was one of Arizona's most durable and tough linemen in the early '80s. He played all 840 offensive plays in 1983 and had a streak of 1,230 consecutive offensive plays over two seasons. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League in 1987.

He served as a graduate assistant under Dick Tomey at Arizona in 1988 and was an assistant coach at Scottsdale Community College under coach Shane Bates in 1989. Dickey coached under Northern Arizona head coach Steve Axman during 1990-91.

Dickey earned a B.S. degree in business administration from Arizona in 1987. He is married to the former Lisa Bradshaw, a women's basketball player at Arizona in 1983-85, and they have three daughters, Jazmin (9-19-87), Tasha (3-10-89), Shyanne (11-14-97), and a son, Charles J. (5-4-99). Their fifth child, daughter Chanel, passed away June 6, 1998, at the age of 3.

The Dickey File

Full Name:Charles Joseph Dickey
Hometown:Scottsdale, Ariz.
High School:Saguaro High School, Scottsdale
College:University of Arizona, 1987
Recruiting Areas:Phoenix; San Bernardino/Riverside Counties, San Gabriel Valley
Bowl Experience:1998 Holiday, 1997, 1994 Freedom, 1994 Fiesta, 1992 Hancock.