DENTON (10/16/06) - University of North Texas head football coach Darrell Dickey is resting comfortably at home after suffering a heart attack late Thursday evening. Dickey was taken by ambulance to Denton Presbyterian Hospital and had a surgical procedure completed Friday before being released on Saturday. Dickey wanted a chance to address his coaching staff and players in a scheduled team meeting Sunday night before making the announcement public.
"I feel very fortunate to have such great support within my family and friends when a situation like this happens," Dickey said. "This could have been a dire situation if not for my wife Tory and the tremendous response of the paramedics. The care that I received from the doctors and staff at Denton Presbyterian Hospital was outstanding and I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to them."
Dickey is expected to make a complete recovery, but will be limited in his duties with the Mean Green football program for the near future. He will be in daily consultation with his doctors to determine the time line for his return to his normal capacity. Assistant head coach Kenny Evan will assume the duties that Dickey is unable to perform while recovering at home.
North Texas did not have a game this week and Dickey had given his staff and players the weekend off. Many players had returned home for the weekend and were told of the news when Dickey briefly addressed the team Sunday evening in Denton.
Dickey is in his ninth season as the head coach at North Texas and has been named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in four of the last five years. The Mean Green (2-6, 1-1) returns to action this week at Arkansas State.