A former head track and field coach at three different universities, Jerry Dyes is in his fifth season as assistant women’s track and field coach. He oversees the field events and multi-events.
Armed with years of knowledge and experience in the profession, he helped tutor Ryanne Dupree to four All-America certificates in the combined events and eight individual Southland Conference crowns. In addition, five different athletes have earned all-conference honors in the field and multi-events during his tutelage.
Dyes has more than 30 years of experience as an educator and coach on the prep and collegiate levels.
Dyes began his coaching and teaching career at Corpus Christi Ray High School, where he worked with James Blackwood for two years. His 1965 cross country and track and field squads captured state titles. He was inducted into the Ray Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2004.
Dyes jumped to the college ranks as the head track and field coach and an instructor of physical education at Northwestern State from 1970-82. There he tutored 14 all-Americans and led the Demons to a national runner-up finish at the 1976 NAIA Championships and an 11th-place finish at the 1981 NCAA Championships. His 1981 4x100-meter relay team, which included pro football stars Joe Delaney and Mark Duper, won the NCAA title and set a then-Louisiana collegiate record time of 39.03 seconds. That relay team, along with Dyes, was inducted into the Northwestern State Graduate N Club Hall of Fame, the highest honor Northwestern affords its former athletes and coaches.
Dyes moved up the road to Louisiana Tech for a six-year stint as head coach and assistant professor of education from 1982-88. He coached eight all-Americans, including 1985 NCAA shot put champion John Campbell, and led the Bulldogs to a sweep of the American South Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 1988.
From 1988-92, Dyes was at the helm of perennial Division II power Abilene Christian’s men’s track and field program, leading the Wildcats to runner-up finishes at the 1992 Indoor and Outdoor National Championships.
He came to UTSA after spending two years as a program specialist for the Texas Education Agency in Austin.
A native of Shreveport, La., Dyes graduated from Fair Park High School in 1959. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social science in 1964 from Abilene Christian, where he was an All-American in the javelin. He earned a master’s degree in administrative education from Northwestern State in 1976.
Dyes also competed in Masters javelin competitions for a number of years, winning the 1989 and 1991 world championships and the 1987, 1989 and 1991 national championships.
Dyes and his wife, Genevieve, have two sons, Jonathan and Jeremy.
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