Doug Dickey almost can’t help himself, said the San Jose Country Club members who play with him.
“He never stops coaching,” Bill Basney said. “You’ve got a tough chip or a tough putt, and he’s right there with you trying to coach you through it.”
Once a coach, always a coach. But Dickey, who compiled a record of 104-58-6 from 1964 to 1978 at Tennessee and Florida and served as the Volunteers’ athletic director from 1986 to 2002, is enjoying retirement in Jacksonville. He moved to the area in 2006 from Knoxville, Tenn. Dickey plays San Jose up to three times a week and has recently bettered his age of 76 four times – the last time shooting a 71, with four birdies, three of them in succession.
“First time I broke par on an 18-hole course,” he said with some pride. “But you could still describe my game as consistently inconsistent.”