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John "Rex" Dockery was a coach for high school and college football. He was killed in a plane crash in 1983.

Playing career Edit

Rex Dockery is a 1960 graduate of Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, Tennessee. In high school, he played several sports and was an All-state guard on the football team. He went on to receive a degree from the University of Tennessee where he played four years of football for the Vols.

Coaching career Edit

Dockery got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Tennessee. He then coached football at Harriman High School in 1967. The following year, he took the head coaching job at Morristown East High School and led the team to a state championship in 1969.

Tennessee, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt Edit

Moving to the college ranks, Dockery became an assistant under Bill Battle at Tennessee. During his time there, he coached Phil Fulmer and was responsible for recruiting Condredge Holloway. In 1972, Dockery became the offensive line coach at Georgia Tech, where he was reunited with his high school teammate Steve Sloan. Dockery followed Sloan to Vanderbilt in 1973. When Sloan went on to Texas Tech two years later, Dockery went with him as offensive coordinator.

Texas Tech Edit

When Steve Sloan left Texas Tech for Ole Miss in 1978, Dockery became the team's head coach. He coached at Texas Tech from 1978 to 1980, compiling a 15–16–2 record, and being named the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1978.

Memphis Edit

Dockery served as the head football coach for the Memphis Tigers from 1981 to 1983. He had an 8–24–1 record at Memphis State (now University of Memphis), starting his tenure with back-to-back 1–10 seasons and going 6–4 in his final season.

Death and honors Edit

Dockery was killed in a plane crash on December 12, 1983, in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Also killed in the crash were Memphis State freshman Charles Greenhill, offensive coordinator Chris Faros, and booster Glenn Jones.

In December 1983, the playing surface at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium was named Rex Dockery Field. Dockery's high school also presents The Rex Dockery Award in his memory.

References Edit

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