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Dexter Coakley


William Dexter Coakley

Inducted 2011

Date of Birth



Mt. Pleasant, SC


Appalachian State University (1993-1996)


Dexter Coakley was a man of many firsts. A three-time first-team FCS All-America, Coakley is the first two-time winner of the Buck Buchanan Award as Football Championship Subdivision's top defender. He was the first three-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and the first Hall of Fame inductee for Appalachian State. With 616 career stops, Coakley finished second on the Southern Conference tackles list. As a freshman, Coakley garnered SoCon Freshman of the Year honors. At the time of his induction, he owned four of his school's top six single-season tackle marks and is also the school's all-time record holder with 350 career solo tackles. Dexter had 37 career double-digit tackle games and seven games with 20 or more stops. Coakley helped the Mountaineers make two appearances in the FCS playoffs and led the squad to the 1995 Southern Conference title. A third round selection of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1997 NFL Draft, Coakley enjoyed a ten-year career with the Cowboys and the St. Louis Rams.


Height 5'11

Weight 202

Career Highlights

  • 1996 All-Conference
  • 1996 Buck Buchanan Award Winner
  • 1996 Conference MVP
  • 1996 First Team All-America (FCS)
  • 1995 All Conference
  • 1995 All-Conference
  • 1995 Buck Buchanan Award Winner
  • 1995 First Team All-America (FCS)
  • 1994 All-Conference
  • 1994 Conference MVP
  • 1994 First Team All-America (FCS)
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