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Dolphins hire GM Dennis Hickey: Statements from Stephen Ross, Hickey

The Miami Dolphins hired Dennis Hickey to be their new GM yesterday. Following the hire, the team released the following statements


Miami Dolphins Chairman of the Board and Managing General Partner Stephen Ross announced today that Dennis Hickey has been named the team's General Manager. Hickey brings 18 years of scouting and personnel experience to his new role with the Dolphins. He will oversee all aspects of football operations, reporting directly to Mr. Ross. Head Coach Joe Philbin will continue to oversee his coaching staff and report directly to Mr. Ross as well.

"I am excited that Dennis Hickey is our new General Manager," Ross said. "When we started the search, I outlined qualities that I was looking for in this position. These included a collaborative team-first person who can work with Joe, demonstrated player evaluation expertise, and someone who is open-minded and creative. Dennis fit all of these criteria and I'm looking forward to having him get started."

"Miami is a great franchise with a historic tradition and passionate fans. The opportunity to work with Stephen Ross, Joe Philbin and the entire Dolphins organization to build a team that wins on a consistent basis is exciting, " Hickey added. "The Dolphins certainly have talented players and I am eager to hit the ground running with our personnel and coaching staffs. We will all work together to construct a team that will make our organization and fans proud. I would like want to thank the Buccaneers organization and Glazer family for the past 18 years. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from a number of quality coaches, personnel staffs and General Managers during my time in Tampa Bay and I am thankful for the opportunities and experiences that they provided for me and my family."

Hickey joins the Dolphins from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he spent the past 18 seasons with the team in a wide variety of personnel roles. Hickey served as the Director of Pro Personnel for the past three seasons (2011-13). Previously, Hickey served as the Buccaneers' Director of College Scouting (2005-10) and Midwest Scout (1998-04). During that time, he was a part of the Buccaneers organization that claimed the franchise's first Super Bowl championship in 2002. Hickey originally joined the Buccaneers as Pro Personnel Assistant in Tampa Bay's scouting department (1996-97).

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Hickey spent two years (1994-95) as an assistant coach at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas. At Blinn, he coached the defensive backs and was responsible for recruiting in the state of Texas. Hickey played collegiately at Coffeyville Community College where he was an Academic All-American and team captain. He also was a three-year starter at the University of Tulsa where he received his bachelor's degree in 1994.

He and his wife, Stephanie, have one daughter, Breanna, and one son, Barrett.