Today, former Iowa assistant coach Zach Dillon was hired to the position of Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Mississippi State Baseball program. He will be replacing Louisiana Tech Assistant Coach Jake Wells who left after this past season which saw the Bulldogs reach the Regionals. While at Iowa, Dillon was the hitting coach, catchers coach, and third-base coach.
Dillon’s playing career was highlighted by his election as Big-12 Player of the Year in 2006, his Senior season. During his Baylor career, the Bears had three NCAA Tournament appearances, two NCAA Super Regionals, and one College World Series berth. He was a two-time ABCA All-Region selection, two-time All-NCAA Regional team, and two-time First Team All-Big 12 selection. In 2006, he was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, awarded annually to College Baseball’s best Catcher. His collegiate batting average was .307 with a .421 senior campaign. He also finished with 124 RBIs and 115 walks during his collegiate career. A 20th round selection by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2006 amateur draft, he lead the High-A Frederick Keys to a Carolina League title and earned a Spring Training invite by the Orioles organization.
This hire is one that has been needed for a while for multiple reasons. Dillon can give the catchers the attention that they have needed for many years. He will also be able to give more attention to the hitting woes that the Bulldogs suffered this past season. I believe that we will be able to see a significant improvement in our hitting in both power and average if Dillon is allowed to put his advice to work here with the Mississippi State baseball squad.