He served as the Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator at several Division 1 football programs including: Tulsa (’86-’89), Marshall (’90), Northern Illinois (’91-’95), Oklahoma (’83-85,‘96-’98), Tulane (’99-’00), and Central Oklahoma (’03-’06).
The complete offensive mastermind, Coach Dickinson’s work routinely ranked at the top of the NCAA. Throughout his extensive career, he’s had the opportunity to coach alongside some of the best minds in football. He was on staff with Hall of Fame Coach and Super Bowl Champion Barry Switzer when they won the 1985 National Championship; while at Marshall, he coached with the legendary Jim Donnan; and during his time at Tulsa, he coached with College Football Hall of Fame Coach John Cooper.
Early in his career at Oklahoma, Coach Dickinson worked with Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman. From there, he went on to recruit, coach, and/or mentor several 1st round draft picks including: JP Losman (QB, 2004/Round 1/Pick 32), Patrick Ramsey (QB, 2002/Round 1/Pick 32), Roy Williams (S, 2002/Round 1/Pick 8), and Stockar McDougle (OL, 2000/Round 1/Pick 20). From 1994-1997, four of Coach Dickinson’s running backs continued on to NFL careers: LeShon Johnson, James Allen, De’mond Parker, and Jermaine Fezande.
Coach Dickinson mentored Heisman Candidate LeShon Johnson at Northern Illinois University during his nation-leading rushing performance in 1993. While at Tulsa, he produced NFL Quarterbacks T.J. Rubley and Gus Frerotte, who rank 1st and 2nd on the schools list of All-Time Passers respectively.
Under the guidance of Coach Dickinson, youth quarterbacks Augie DeBiase (Jacksonville, Florida) and Grady Sullivan (Southlake Carroll, Texas) received National attention with their superior play during the 2010 season and respective invitation's to play in the Junior Rank Diamond Bowl and the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl.
In 2008 and 2009 Coach Dickinson helped then Minnesota Vikings QB Rhett Bomar prepare for the NFL Combine and pre-season camp. Throughout this period, he also worked with New Orleans Saints QB Chase Daniel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers first round draft choice QB Josh Freeman, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Rudy Carpenter.
In 2000, Joe Dickinson founded Fab50 Recruiting, a highly regarded scouting service for high school athletes. Today, Fab50 recruiting remains a highly respected online scouting service.
Throughout his coaching career, Coach Dickinson has had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the greatest minds to coach and play the game, including: Joe Avezanno, Rex Ryan, Jim Hanifan, Pat McPherson, Joe Jurasek, Terry Shea, Joe Montana, Randy Cross, Jon Embree, John Blake, Bubby Brister, Jeff Weeks, Chris Scelfo, Barry Switzer, Jim Donnan, Bill Bates, and John Cooper.
Dickinson has also appeared in the Snoop Dogg television series, Fatherhood, where he is shown tutoring Snoop Dogg’s son who is focused on developing his quarterback skills, and in The Hopeful, an award-winning documentary about East Carolina University Quarterback Cody Keith’s journey to success.
Coach Dickinson currently resides in Choctaw, Oklahoma.