Charlie Dickey enters his fourth season at Kansas State under head coach Bill Snyder where he tutors the Wildcat offensive line. During his three-plus-year stint at K-State Dickey has consistently molded an offensive line unit that annually has been one of the best in the Big 12.
Last season, Dickey tutored All-Big 12 tackles Zach Hanson and Clyde Aufner while building a unit that replaced three starters from the 2010 season. Also in that group was redshirt freshman center B.J. Finney, who Dickey helped earn Freshman All-America honors in 2011 by numerous publications.
In 2010, Dickey tutored an experienced K-State line that included three seniors in the middle, headlined by All-Big 12 guard Zach Kendall and Rimington Award candidate Wade Weibert at center. The group paved the way for running back Daniel Thomas, who led the Big 12 in rushing in each of the last two seasons.
K-State averaged 33.6 points per game in 2010 en route to the program's first bowl appearance since 2006. The Cats' 47-percent conversion rating on third down ranked second in the league, while they were also the least penalized offense in the Big 12.
The 2009 group in the trenches was led by senior All-Big 12 tackle Nick Stringer, while the other four starters from last year's group all return in 2010. Last season's offensive line proved to be one of the most improved units on the team as the Wildcats' averaged 180 yards rushing per game in 2009, a figure that ranked 36th nationally and fourth in the Big 12 Conference.
Dickey came to K-State in 2009 after capping his fourth season at Utah with an undefeated 13-0 season and a win over No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Dickey was instrumental in the Utah's success on offense when he took charge of offensive line in 2005 and his position was regarded as a Ute stronghold from that day on. In 2006, the Utes were the last team in the country to allow a sack - going six games before anyone got to the quarterback.
In 2008, 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, both Beadles and Conley won second team honors for the Utes.
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, while Jazmin currently attends Kansas State.