UAM Football - Donald Dykes
Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Backs Coach
fourth year as Assistant Head Coach on head coach Gwaine Mathews' staff.
Prior to coming to UAM, Dykes served on the same staff as Mathews, serving as the defensive secondary coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
No stranger to coach Mathews, Dykes has been closely associated with the new UAM head coach since Mathews' days as a graduate assistant at Delta State.
Along with the many years of experience he
has also been a coach on a National Championship program and has played in the National Football League
coached the defensive backs at Delta State
The Statesmen won the 2000 NCAA Division II National Championship, defeating Bloomsburg to claim the title and finish with a 14-1 overall record.
competed in the NFL
for four seasons, playing on the same defensive unit as the legendary "New York Sack Exchange" (Mark Gastineau, Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons, and Abdul Salaam).
Dykes moved to the college ranks in 1993, serving under head coaches Todd Knight and Steve Campbell at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.
earned four letters in football and four in track and field at Southeastern Louisiana University
was a four-year starter at cornerback for Head Coach Billy Brewer and earned All-Conference honors as a senior.
was a two-time National Champion and an eight-time All-America in the long jump at Southeastern Louisiana.
won the 1975 NCAA Indoor Track and Field national title and the 1977 NCAA Outdoor Championship.
In 1977, he
was ranked 17 th in the world in the long jump.
personal best in the event was 26 feet, three inches, while his
best in the triple jump was 53-5.
As a high school athlete, he
was the No. 1-ranked long jumper in the nation his
won three state long jump titles, two state triple jump titles and led Hammond to back-to-back State Championships in 1972 and 1973.
Dykes earned a bachelor's degree in Criminology in 1986 from Southeastern Louisiana and a master's degree in Education in 1994 from Delta State.
is married to the former Yolanda Vaughn of Baton Rouge, and the couple has a daughter, 28, and a son, 24.
Above: Assistant Head Coach Donald Dykes directs traffic at the 2005 Green and White Game.
Above: Donald Dykes while playing for the NFL's New York Jets.