FAYETTEVILLE — Jimmy Dykes, coach and former ESPN analyst, was formally introduced as the eighth head women’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long in a press conference Sunday at Bud Walton Arena.
"This is about having the opportunity to do something for my alma mater and something that I know I’m ready to do," Dykes said. "I will not accept ‘no’ for this program. We will have passion, we will fight and we will fight like the University of Arkansas and the state of Arkansas expects us to fight."
Complete comments of Coach Dykes during his introductory press conference can be viewed in the embedded video.
"One of my first goals is to get my team to play relentless," Dykes said. "Relentless is hard to beat. Relentless in recruiting is hard to beat. Relentless on the boards is hard to beat. Relentless guarding people is hard to beat. Relentless going to class is hard to beat. That is what we will be. We will be relentless in what we do and how we attack it."
Dykes discussed his intentions to protect the state of Arkansas and how being a Razorback should mean something special to those of the state.
"No more, state of Arkansas, will you leave this state if you’re good enough to play for the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team," Dykes stated. "You will not leave this state anymore. We will put up a fence around this state, we will own this state and the state of Arkansas’ best players will be Razorbacks. I make that promise to you."
In his collegiate coaching career, Dykes has made stops at the University of Arkansas, Sacramento State University, Appalachian State University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Oklahoma State University. Dykes’ experience includes more than 950 games called and more than 3,000 practices observed at all levels of college and professional basketball.
In addition, Dykes spent two seasons working as a college scout for the National Basketball Association’s Seattle SuperSonics before moving into broadcasting with ESPN on a full-time basis. Dykes, who has maintained his home in Arkansas, also served as the Shiloh Christian Athletic Director and worked as a coach with the Saints.
Dykes is married to the former Tiffany (Beasley) and the couple have a daughter, Kennedy. Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and was Razorbacks’ head cheerleader during both the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.
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