Dolphins name Dennis Hickey new GM

Hickey to replace Ireland

By David Lang - Executive Producer

DAVIE, Fla. - The Miami Dolphins search for a new General Manager is over.

The Dolphins have named Dennis Hickey to replace Jeff Ireland.

The Dolphins interviewed several candidates for the job over the past few weeks.

"I am excited that Dennis Hickey is our new General Manager," Stephen 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."

Hickey spent 18 seasons with the Bucs, 3 as the director of player personnel. The Bucs won 4 division titles and one Super Bowl during his time in Tampa Bay.

"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," said Hickey. "The Dolphins certainly have talented players and I am eager to hit the ground running with our personnel and coaching staffs."

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Hickey spent two years as an assistant coach at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas. At Blinn, the Dolphins said 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. The team said he also was a three-year starter at the University of Tulsa where he received his bachelor's degree in 1994.

"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," Hickey added. "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 will be formally introduced at a news conference at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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

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