Mizzou Basketball adds Dickey Nutt to the coaching staff

Missouri Basketball and Dennis Gates have appointed another assistant coach to official, and that is not the one that has been rumored for several weeks.

There were about a million twitter jokes, because yes, Dickey Nutt is a great name. Instead of embedding them all, I just want to link this: RT with comment

But aside from jokes, Dickey Nutt is an experienced basketball coach. If you think the name is known, it’s because, yes, he’s brothers with Houston Nutt. Houston was a long time coach in Arkansas (from 1998 to 2007), where he won three Western Division Championships and finished in second place all time in victories. He then resigned and took the job at Ole Miss, where he trained until 2011. He is a PROMINENT figure in the SEC because he has been meme over and over again. But this is not about Houston Nutt, it’s about his brother Dickey.

Two of the four Nutt brothers went to basketball and Dickey is really very skilled. He grew up in Arkansas and played in Oklahoma State under two different head coaches. He was assistant coach at OSU in Leonard Hamilton’s first season in Stillwater before moving to Arkansas State, where he was assistant from 1987 to 1995. In 1995, he took over as head coach, leading the Red Wolves until 2008. He was fired his final season , which was his worst but only one season removed from finishing first in the Western Division of the Sun Belt.

He moved to a residence in Southeast Missouri State before rejoining Hamilton again in Florida State. then Stetson, then Cleveland State, and so last year he spent as an athletic director and basketball coach at Gaston College in North Carolina.

Nutt is not going to blow anyone away like Charlton Young might have, but part of it is by design. Young was an expensive hire, and a coach who has proven he can land elite players. Because Dennis Gates had to spend big bucks to get CY on board, it limits his budget a bit on the rest of the bench. Nutt is a smart recruit because he is an experienced coach who has run several programs and can help around the edge without having to pick up great talent. Gates and Young should be able to do that part. With Nutt, you get a coach who does not cost you a lot, but who can be a valuable teaching asset on the bench and help with the preparations.

From the school’s publication:

An experienced and talented coach, David “Dickey” Nutt, will join the University of Missouri Whitten Family Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dennis Gates’ staff as assistant coach, as announced by Gates Thursday afternoon. Nutt has over 30 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience, including 19 as a head coach.

Nutt joins Charleton Young, who was announced as the Tigers ‘assistant head coach last week, in Gates’ constituent staff.

“David” Dickey “Nutt is a true veteran of this subject with a huge passion for the game as well as for the development of students and athletes,” Gates said. “We are fortunate to have someone with his experience in our staff. Coach Nutt has a wealth of basketball knowledge and recruitment relationships in our state that will be a huge asset to our program, our athletic department, our university and CoMo.”

Nutt has previously been the head coach of Arkansas State from 1995-2008 and the Southeast Missouri State from 2009-2015. The 1998 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Nutt guided Arkansas State to 189 victories, two Sun Belt Championships and the program’s only NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament appearance in 1999.

“I feel so lucky and honored to be a part of Coach Gates’ staff here at the University of Missouri,” Nutt said. “I have personally seen his work ethic, his love for young people, game preparation and his masterful recruitment ability. I’m excited to be reunited with him and eager to go to work building a championship program – on and off the field. ”

Following his coaching career, Nutt joined Leonard Hamilton’s Florida State staff as video coordinator and was part of the Seminoles 2018 Elite Eight race. He also worked with Coach Gates in Cleveland State as a special assistant coach for student and athlete development. Most recently, Nutt served as head coach and athletic director at Gaston College in Dallas, North Carolina.

Nutt played collegiately in Oklahoma State and began his coaching career as an assistant at Stillwater High School from 1982-85. He then joined the coaching staff in his alma mater case, where we worked for current Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton and with current Kansas head coach Bill Self.

Nutt has two sons, Logan and Lucas, and a daughter Lexis. Logan is a high school basketball coach in Arkansas, and Lucas runs the 3:16 Athletics Training Center.

Nutt comes from a family of coaches, as his older brother Houston currently works as an analyst in a college football studio for CBS and was previously a football coach at Ole Miss and Arkansas. His younger brother Danny served as assistant athletics director for player development at Ole Miss and was running backs coach in Arkansas and Eastern Illinois. Nutt’s third brother, Dennis, was a former Texas State head coach and currently serves as head coach at Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Nutt holds a Master of Science degree in athletic administration and a Bachelor of Arts in physical education, both from Oklahoma State.

Dickey Nutt Coaching Career

1985-87 – Oklahoma State – Assistant Coach

1987-95 – Arkansas State – Assistant Coach

1995-08 – Arkansas State – Head Coach

2009-15 – Southeast Missouri State – Head Coach

2015-18 – Florida State – Video Coordinator

2018-19 – Stetson – Assistant coach

2019-21 – Cleveland State – Special Assistant Coach

2021-22 – Gaston College – head coach / athletic director

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