Spike Dykes to headline Chamber banquet
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:53 AM
Brownfield Chamber of Commerce officials confirmed Tuesday that local legend Spike Dykes, the most successful head coach in Texas Tech football history, will entertain the crowd as featured speaker at next month’s annual banquet.
Tickets are on sale now for the February 20 banquet and other arrangements are underway by the chamber’s board of directors, according to executive director Lorena Valencia.
“We’re thrilled to have Spike Dykes join us for this year’s banquet and we know he’ll do a great job making it a fun and memorable evening for everyone there,” she said.
Only 300 tickets will be sold for the annual banquet in the Brownfield High School commons.
Valencia said a small number of tickets will be available at the door, unless they sell out prior to the event.
“If you want to attend, I strongly suggest you buy your tickets as early as possible so you don’t miss the chance,” she said.
Guests will dine on first-class cuisine catered by BHS.
Cost is $30 per plate.
Corporate sponsorships are still available.
“We have had some really great banquets in recent years and I think this will be another that everyone who comes will enjoy,” Valencia said. “Spike Dykes is such an entertainer, I know everyone will have fun.”
Following tradition, the Citizen of the Year and Business Leader of the Year also will be announced.
Nominations for both awards can be made at the chamber office or at local banks.
A silent auction also will raise funds for the chamber.
Dykes was the coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team from 1987 to 1999.
He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dykes was hired to be the head coach at Texas Tech in 1986.
He would become the first coach in school history to lead the team to seven straight bowl-eligible seasons and to coach the team in seven bowl games and also was head coach of the first Big 12 Conference football game along with Bill Snyder.
Dykes was the school’s first coach to defeat the Texas Longhorns in six different seasons.
He earned three Southwest Conference and one Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year honors.
His record at Tech stands at 82–67–1.
He is the author of the books Spike Dykes’ Tales from the Texas Tech Sideline and Principles of Coaching Football.