By JOEL COLEMAN
Just one day after former Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson was announced as the new head coach at Auburn, it appears the Bulldogs are closing in on filling their opening.
College Baseball Daily reported late Thursday night that Cal State Fullerton pitching coach Jason Dietrich would be hired by MSU. That report was backed up on Friday by d1baseball.com insider Kendall Rogers who said Dietrich was on his way to Starkville to interview for the position with a deal expected to be reached.
Dietrich has spent the vast majority of his coaching career in California including the last three seasons with the Titans where he has also served as recruiting coordinator the last two years.
In his three seasons at Cal State Fullerton, Dietrich orchestrated pitching staffs that continually put up impressive numbers. From 2013 through 2015, no Division 1 school in the country posted a better strikeout-to-walk ratio or WHIP than Dietrich’s staffs in that time frame. Dietrich’s units also led the country with the fewest walks allowed and fewest walks per nine innings.
Cal State Fullerton’s team ERA during Dietrich’s tenure was 2.54, good for third-best in the nation during that span. None of Dietrich’s staffs with the Titans posted a team ERA higher than the 2.89 mark set in 2015. In 2013, Cal State Fullerton’s stable of arms compiled a 2.47 ERA and followed that up with a 2.24 mark in 2014.
Prior to his time at Cal State Fullerton, Dietrich coached for five seasons at UC Irvine, including spending the last two years of that stint as the pitching coach of the Anteaters. Under Dietrich’s tutelage in 2011, UC Irvine posted its best team ERA in nearly 40 years at 2.95.
Dietrich’s other collegiate coaching experiences include stops at Cal State Los Angeles, Irvine Valley College and Los Angeles City College.
He also spent time coaching two summer seasons in the Cape Cod League and a season in the Western Wood Bat Collegiate Summer League.