Nutt Named Southeast Men’s Basketball Coach


Photo of Coach Dickey Nutt

Dickey Nutt of Jonesboro, Ark., former head men’s basketball coach at Arkansas State University (ASU), has been named the new men’s head basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University.


March 12, 2009 – Dickey Nutt of Jonesboro, Ark., former head men’s basketball coach at Arkansas State University (ASU), has been named the new men’s head basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University.

Southeast Athletic Director John Shafer introduced Nutt at a news conference today at the Show Me Center.

Nutt coached 13 seasons at Arkansas State with an overall record of 189-186 and coached ASU to the Sun Belt Conference West Division title in 2007. During his years at ASU, he planned, directed and administered all areas of the basketball program, including budgeting, recruiting, team travel, scholarships and equipment. He is the second winningest coach in Arkansas State history. He is also the second winningest coach in the Sun Belt Conference, second only to legendary University of Alabama at Birmingham Coach Gene Bartow. Nutt led Arkansas State to their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1999 after leading ASU to the Sun Belt Tournament championship in the same season. ASU also won the Sun Belt Tournament championship in 1997-1998, when Nutt was named National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 9 Coach of the Year, an honor he repeated again in the following season, 1998-1999. Nutt also led ASU to the Sun Belt Conference Championship in 1997-1998.

Nutt has coached 11 All-Sun Belt Conference players and five Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament players. He coached the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999, the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and its Newcomer of the Year in 2007. He was honored by the Sun Belt Conference in 2005 for surpassing 150 career wins.

Nutt was selected to serve on the Congress of the NABC in 2004. He led ASU to the 25th ranking in 2003 by as a Mid-Major Top 25 after a 3-0 start.

He served as ASU’s assistant men’s basketball coach from 1987-1995, assistant men’s basketball coach at Oklahoma State University from 1985-1987 and assistant boys’ basketball coach at Stillwater (Okla.) High School from 1982-1985.

Nutt was a four-year letterman in basketball at Oklahoma State University where he played guard from 1977 to 1981. He was an all-state guard in basketball and an all-state quarterback in football from 1974-1977 at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

Nutt holds a master of science degree in athletic administration and a bachelor of arts degree in physical education, both from Oklahoma State University

He replaces Zac Roman, acting head coach at Southeast.

“I am thrilled and so excited to be your new basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University,” Nutt said. “I have watched Southeast Missouri State from a short distance away for many, many years. I have always had admiration and the utmost respect for this program – not only for the beautiful Show Me Center but more so, with your fan support.

“First and foremost,” he said, “I am impressed with the way that community gets behind their basketball. That’s always been very impressive. I’ve seen how Southeast Missouri travels and the hundreds of fans following them. We want to get back to that. I hope to ignite that fan base, and in order to do that, we have to put a quality team on the floor. My wife, Cathy, and I are so looking forward to Cape Girardeau and getting involved in that community. This is a new beginning for me and my wife and our family.”

Nutt was selected from a pool of 111 applicants.

Shafer said he sought “someone who could coach and win, someone with integrity and character, a person who was tireless in their work ethic and who would be a good fit for Southeast and the Cape Girardeau community.

“I think I found him,” Shafer said.

Brad Bedell, president of the Southeast Board of Regents, said, “We have had our share of challenges this year in athletics.  However, I believe we have changed the program’s direction with the hiring of John Shafer as athletic director and now Coach Nutt.”

Albert Spradling III, vice president of the Southeast Board of Regents, said, “I’m glad John Shafer has made a quick and defined decision to avoid any lost recruiting time so we can get on board quickly.”

Jim Limbaugh, a member of the Southeast Board of Regents, reiterated Spradling’s sentiments.

“I have a great deal of confidence in new Athletic Director John Shafer and his ability to understand what was needed for the program from a coaching perspective and who is the best fit for the program as it is right now and to take it into the future,” Limbaugh said. “Mr. Shafer was hired to be the athletic director, and we need to let him do his job. His number one priority is hiring a new basketball coach.

“John is a great judge of talent as determined by his experience, and John knows how critical this hire is to the evolution of the basketball program and the University,” Limbaugh added. “We are so hopeful for the future.”

Spradling added, “Knowing his (Nutt’s) history and level of maturity at a time when we need some direction and ability to recruit high quality players, this coach is the perfect person to accomplish that task and get on board at the University to make these decisions,” Spradling said. “He is familiar with this area. He had success at ASU. I hope he has the same success here.”

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of the University, stated, “We are very pleased with Athletic Director Shafer’s leadership since February, and look forward to Coach Nutt’s tenure as Southeast’s new men’s basketball coach.”