WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball head coach Mitch Thompson introduced Saturday the addition of hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Dillon to his workers.

Dillon, a former Baylor baseball participant from 2003-06 and volunteer assistant coach within the 2012 season, returns to Waco after spending the final six years because the director of operations for Twelve Baseball, a premier choose youth and highschool program primarily based out of Katy, Texas.

“I could not be extra excited so as to add Zach Dillon to our workers,” Thompson mentioned. “Zach actually understands what it means to be a Baylor Bear. His in depth resume and expertise in any respect ranges of the sport can pay large dividends in serving to our gamers attain their most potential and serving to our program win championships. Zach’s capacity to acknowledge expertise on the sector coupled along with his contacts all through the nation will profit our program tremendously on the recruiting path. It is at all times particular after we are in a position to deliver a member of the Baylor Household again house and proceed to construct upon the muse that Zach helped set up.”

For the reason that 2016-17 calendar yr, Dillon’s work with Twelve Baseball has been influential, significantly within the 2018-2025 recruiting lessons. Each day, he assisted in youth and highschool apply planning, making certain a aggressive tradition and setting that maximized participant growth. Off the sector, he created the membership’s annual working funds, dealt with program growth and fundraising, managed scheduling and different organizational administrative duties. Dillon’s relationships with school coaches and next-level sources tremendously helped in sending Twelve Baseball gamers to school applications across the nation.

“I’m honored to be coming house to our Baylor Household,” Dillon mentioned. “I’m so fired as much as be part of the following chapter of Baylor Baseball alongside Coach Thompson. We’ll work relentlessly to usher in gifted gamers with successful DNA. We’ll construct crew and championship tradition on and off the sector collectively. I am unable to wait to start out recruiting, creating and serving our gamers to Put together Champions for Life!”

Beforehand, Dillon labored on Thompson’s workers at McLennan Neighborhood School throughout the 2016 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. That yr, the Highlanders went 45-12 and received the NTJCAC regular-season title. Below Dillon’s steerage, MCC hitters mixed for a .342 batting common with 80 house runs, 144 doubles and a crew OPS of 1.018. Dillon performed an element in sending 22 gamers to Division I faculties and noticed seven of his merchandise chosen within the MLB Draft.

In 2015, Dillon served because the volunteer assistant coach and coordinator of camps at Mississippi State. Whereas there, he straight assisted within the growth of future SEC Participant of the 12 months Brent Rooker, All-SEC alternatives Gavin Collins, Ryan Gridley and Jacob Robson and 2016 first-round draft choose Dakota Hudson.

Previous to becoming a member of the MSU workers, Dillon spent the 2014 season because the director and head coach of the 18U Iowa Sticks, the premier youth baseball membership in Iowa. Moreover, he labored because the director of the Premier Baseball Excessive Faculty Spring League in addition to the PPC Showcase Camps.

Earlier than his time in Waukee, Iowa, Dillon served as an assistant coach on the College of Iowa. Whereas there, he served because the Hawkeyes’ third base coach, hitting coach and recruiting coordinator accountable in all areas of program growth.

Dillon returned to Iowa Metropolis after serving to Baylor in 2012 as a volunteer assistant. He aided the Bears in reaching the Waco Tremendous Regional and ending 49-17 total, one win shy of a college report and a visit to Omaha for the School World Collection. The Bears captured the regular-season Massive 12 title, reached No. 1 within the nation for the primary time at school historical past and entered the postseason because the No. 4 total seed.

Dillon coached a school-record 11 All-Massive 12 gamers that season, together with six first-team alternatives, Massive 12 Participant of the 12 months Josh Ludy and Massive 12 Newcomer of the 12 months Nathan Orf. A conference-record 4 Bears garnered Louisville Slugger All-America recognition, whereas a complete of six gamers have been taken within the 2012 MLB Draft.

Earlier than teaching in Waco, Dillon labored because the volunteer assistant and camp coordinator at Iowa. In his first two seasons in Iowa Metropolis, Dillon was a part of a training workers which led the Hawkeyes to 50 victories and 6 All-Massive Ten honors. Off the sector, the Hawkeyes tallied 20 Tutorial All-Massive Ten honors, together with a school-record 12 in 2011.

As a participant, Dillon performed collegiately at Baylor from 2003-06, the place he was an integral a part of three NCAA Match squads, two NCAA Tremendous Regionals appearances and a School World Collection berth in 2005. He was a two-time All-Massive 12 choice, two-time ABCA All-Area choose and was named to a pair of NCAA Match All-Regional groups. In 2006, Dillon garnered Massive 12 Participant of the 12 months honors from the San Antonio Categorical-Information and was named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, which acknowledges the nation’s high catcher.

Throughout his senior season at BU, Dillion hit .421 with an eye-popping .496 on-base share in Massive 12 play. He led the league in common and walks, ending within the top-20 nationally in walks per sport. Dillon wrapped up his profession with a .307 common, 124 RBIs and 115 walks.

Away from the diamond, Dillon was a four-time tutorial all-conference choice, a first-team ESPN The Journal Tutorial All-American and a 10-time member of the Massive 12 Convention Commissioner’s Honor Roll. In 2009, he was additionally the recipient of a spring post-graduate scholarship.

Dillon was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles within the twentieth spherical of the 2006 MLB Draft. In 2007, he powered the Frederic Keys (Class-A Superior) to the Carolina League championship and earned a big-league spring coaching invite just a few months later.

Dillon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baylor with a bachelor’s diploma in training in 2005. He later earned his grasp’s diploma in training and sport administration in 2009. Dillon has a son, Hayden.

For the most recent information on the Baylor baseball program, for its official Fb, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @BaylorBaseball.



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