Inside the Headset: Sonny Dykes

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Sonny Dykes, head coach at TCU, the #3 seed in the 2023 College Football Playoff! Coach Dykes discusses his coaching path, recruiting philosophy, and some keys to building a winning program.

Coach Dykes was named head coach at TCU on November 30, 2021, after 4 successful seasons at SMU. He has worked with reputable coaches such as Hal Mumme and Mike Leach. In 2006, Dykes received the Mike Campbell Top Assistant Coach Award from the American Football Coaches Association. Coach Dykes is now leading his 12-1 Horned Frogs into the College Football Playoff in his first year as Head Coach at TCU.

Show Notes:

2:10 How I got started in coaching

4:55 Starting at Kentucky with Hal Mumme and Mike Leach

5:20 Coaching connections at Texas Tech

6:55 Keys to being successful in this business

8:00 Ups and downs in own career

9:30 Identifying strengths in program

11:00 Impact of transfer portal at new program

12:30 Staff alignment in your program

14:40 Creating your coaching philosophy

18:40 Culture – Core Values of Team

26:50 Addressing problems in your team

30:24 Be involved with your support staff

32:15 Be adaptable and build your culture constantly

33:37 “You’re either coaching it, or you’re allowing it”

36:49 Establish the standard

39:15 Keep it simple

42:50 2 things that win football games

45:25 Conclusion

Twitter: @CoachSonnyDykes

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