Feb. 11, 2004
Seattle - Washington football coach Keith Gilbertson announced today the hiring of Charlie Dickey as Washington's offensive line coach. He replaces Brent Myers who resigned to accept an assistant coaching position at Arizona State.
Dickey comes to Washington after working the last 12 years at Arizona. Last season he coached the Wildcat tight ends after spending the previous 11 seasons as the offensive line coach. During his tenure with the Wildcats he developed a number of players who earned All-Pac-10 honors. Yusuf Scott won the conference's Morris Trophy I 1998 as the league's outstanding offensive lineman.
Whether drafted or signed as free agents, 12 Arizona linemen moved on to NFL active rosters since the 1990 season. 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 last April by the Indianapolis Colts.
Dickey was a standout offensive guard at Arizona in 1983-84, playing every snap during the 1983 season. He 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, Tasha, Shyanne, and a son, Charles J. Their fifth child, daughter Chanel, passed away at the age of 3.