TROY, Ala. – Troy University football head coach Larry Blakeney completed his coaching staff with the hiring of 29-year coaching veteran Jim Dye to coach the Trojan offensive line, Blakeney announced the hiring Friday morning.
“I’ve know Jim Dye personally since he was a graduate assistant for us when I was at Auburn,” Blakeney said. “He did a great job coaching and recruiting when he was here the first time around. I brought him in to coach the linebackers and then moved him to the offensive line when I moved (current defensive coordinator) Wayne Bolt to defensive coordinator. Jim was always at the top of his game as a recruiter. The biggest thing in college coaching is the ability to coach young people and recruit young people and Jim can do both.”
Dye returns to the Troy staff following 10 successful years as an offensive coordinator at three Georgia high schools. He spent the last seven years as the offensive coordinator at Burke County High School in Waynesboro, Ga. Burke County won the 2011 Georgia AAA State Championship with a combined 91 points in the semifinal and championship game; it was the first state title in school history. Dye spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons as the offensive coordinator at Rutland High School in Macon, Ga., and the 2005 season as the offensive coordinator at Mary Persons High School in Forsyth, Ga.
“Jim always came back and studied what we were doing offensively,” Blakeney said. “It is going to be a short step for him to get acclimated with what we are doing because he understands the terminology and the schemes.”
Dye spent 10 seasons on Blakeney’s staff during his initial stint with the Trojans. The nephew of former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, Jim coached the Troy linebackers from 1993-96, the offensive line and tight ends from 1997-200 and the tight ends in 2001.
In his three seasons as the offensive line coach, his units paved the way for one of the nation’s top rushing attacks. In 1998, Cleve Roberts earned All-America honors and was named I-AA Lineman of the Year by the Don Hansen’s Weekley Football Gazette. Michael Moore earned al-America honors in 1999 and was drafted in the fourth round by the Washington Redskins in 2000.
The 1997 line opened running lanes for a conference-leading 23 rushing touchdowns and helped the offense average 193.3 yards per game on the ground. The 1999 squad rushed for 195.4 yards per game and 24 touchdowns. In 2000, four of the Trojans starting offensive lineman earned All-Southland Conference honors and Charles Thomas signed as a free agent with the Carolina Panthers.
During his first tenure with the Trojans, Dye coached 16 All-Southland performers between the linebackers and offensive line.
Prior to his arrive at Troy, Dye served as the offensive line coach at East Tennessee State in 1992 after spending the previous two seasons in the same capacity at Valdosta State.
Dye began his coaching career as a student assistant at Georgia Southern for two seasons before moving on to Auburn as a graduate assistant from 1986-87. Dye spent two seasons as the head coach at Hephzibah (Ga.) High School before joining the Valdosta State staff.
A native of August, Ga., Dye was an offensive lineman for two seasons under legendary head coach Erk Russell at Georgia Southern.