Mississippi State has hired Zach Dillon as coordinator of baseball camps and a volunteer assistant coach the athletic department announced Thursday afternoon.
Dillon replaces Jake Wells who was hired as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech earlier this summer. Along with his camp duties, Dillon will also coach first base during the spring.
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Dillon to the Mississippi State family,” MSU head coach John Cohen said in a school release. “Zach’s experience at virtually every level of baseball, along with his coaching success, makes him a valuable asset to our baseball program.”
He comes to Starkville after serving as an assistant coach at Iowa in 2013. He was the Hawkeyes’ hitting coach, recruiting coordinator, handled the catchers and coached third base.
He spent the last year coaching a high school travel ball team in Iowa.
Dillon was a volunteer assistant coach for the Hawkeyes in 2010 and 2011, before taking the same position at his alma mater Baylor in 2012.
“I am honored and humbled to be joint the Mississippi State baseball program,” Dillon said. “I look forward to adding to the storied baseball tradition and assisting int he daily efforts to bring a national championship to Starkville.”
While with the Bears, he helped guide the program to a super regional appearance and a 49-17 overall record. During that season, the Bears were ranked No. 1, claimed the No. 4 national seed for the NCAA Tournament and won the Big 12 regular season championship.
During his playing days with Baylor, he helped lead his team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, two super regionals and a birth into the the College World Series as a catcher. He was the 2006 Big 12 Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the 2006 Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher.
He earned All-Big 12 First Team selections twice during his playing days with the Bears. He batted a school-record .421 with a .496 on base percentage during his senior season at Baylor.
He played for former Bulldog assistant coach Steve Smith while at Baylor.
Dillon was taken with the 595th overall pick, 20th round, by the Baltimore Orioles during he 2006 First-Year Player Draft.