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  Dickey Nutt

Dickey Nutt

Player Profile

Little Rock, Ark.

Head Coach

Second Year

Alma Mater:
Oklahoma State (1982)

The Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball program is moving in the right direction under head coach Dickey Nutt.

Nutt, who hails from Little Rock, Ark., took over as the 19th head coach in Southeast men's basketball history on March 12, 2009.

In his debut at Southeast in 2009-10, Nutt began laying the foundation for a turnaround in Redhawk basketball.

Nutt's coaching philosophy is simple - "Win games, recruit young men with outstanding character and graduate young people."

"I believe we will build this program the right way with good young men who take a lot of pride in being Redhawks and want to obtain a degree from this university," said Nutt.

Nutt recorded his first victory at Southeast when the Redhawks snapped a 21-game losing streak at Northern Illinois on Nov. 22, 2009. Southeast finished with seven wins last season, three more than the previous two years combined. Two Redhawks made the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2009-10.

Nutt has coached in 406 games in 15 seasons at the NCAA Division I level. He enters the 2010-11 campaign needing four wins to reach 200 career victories.

Nutt comes from a thick coaching bloodline and brings a level of enthusiasm and passion for basketball which is downright contagious.

Prior to taking the Southeast helm, Nutt spent over two decades at Arkansas State University. He worked as an assistant coach from 1987-95 before serving as head coach from 1995-2008.

Nutt compiled an overall record of 189-187 and 102-101 in the Sun Belt Conference en route to becoming the second-winningest coach in ASU history and posting the second-most career victories in the Sun Belt Conference. He guided the then-Indians to two Sun Belt Conference regular-season titles (1998, 2007) and one Sun Belt Tournament crown (1999). Nutt was named the Sun Belt's Coach-of-the-Year in 1998 and National Basketball Coaches Association District 9 Coach-of-the-Year in 1998 and 1999.

Utilizing his dynamic and congenial personality, strong family background and rich home-grown work ethic, Nutt accomplished what no other coach in ASU history has been able to do -- take the Indians to the NCAA Tournament.

Nutt did just that when he guided ASU to an 18-12 record and its only NCAA Tournament berth in 1999. The Indians lost to Utah in the first round of the Midwest Regional (New Orleans, La.) that year.

Nutt and his staff claimed three Sun Belt Conference titles. He also saw 10 of his players earn all-conference honors and five garner all-tournament accolades in the Sun Belt. In addition, he had at least one player named Sun Belt Conference Player-of-the-Year, Defensive Player-of-the-Year and Newcomer-of-the-Year under his tutelage.

However, Nutt's life isn't all about college basketball. His love for children and dedication to community service has prompted he and his wife, Cathy, to make several charitable donations over the years.

One of the more notable donations they made was in 2001 to the local Jonesboro Parker Community Center gymnasium, a place where area youth can go to play basketball instead of roaming the streets. He and Cathy offered up half the funds if the city would match their donation to help finish those basketball courts.

Nearly 500 children - boys and girls - joined basketball teams at the community center when the project was complete.

Nutt, who is also well-known for his contributions to schools and churches, is an avid speaker at numerous events, camps and clinics throughout the Southeast Missouri community and surrounding areas. His effort to sellout the Show Me Center for Southeast's final game of the 2009-10 season drew a season-high home crowd of 5,515 and stirred a great deal of excitement about the future of Redhawk basketball.

Nutt began his collegiate coaching career at Oklahoma State under Leonard Hamilton (current head coach at Florida State) with then-assistants Tim Carter (current head coach at South Carolina State) and Bill Self (current head coach at Kansas). He also played four years for the Cowboys, who, at the time, were members of the Big 8 Conference.

Nutt landed his first head coaching job at Arkansas State in 1995. He was the 14th men's basketball coach in ASU's 80-year basketball history. Before that, he spent eight seasons as the Indians top assistant coach.

Nutt bears one of the most recognizable names in college basketball and comes from one of the nation's most respected sports families.

He is the second of four sons to Houston and Emogene Nutt. Houston Sr., who passed away in the spring of 2005, was the longtime athletic director and basketball coach at the Arkansas School for the Deaf in Little Rock. Houston Sr., was often seen at athletic events supporting all four sons.

Dickey's oldest brother, Houston, is currently in his third season as head football coach at Ole Miss. Houston also served as head football coach at Murray State (1993-96), Boise State (1997) and Arkansas (1998-2007).

Meanwhile, Danny Nutt was the Razorbacks' running backs coach from 1998-2006 and is presently Ole Miss' Assistant Athletics Director for Player Development. Dennis was the head basketball coach at Texas State for six years and is now a scout for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.

The Nutt coaching foursome was featured in an article in Sports Illustrated in 1999.

Dickey is married to the former Cathy Thompson of Oklahoma City and they have two sons, Logan and Lucas, and one daughter, Lexis.

Logan and Lucas are both on the Southeast basketball team, and Lexis attends Cape Central High School.


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