In his first season with Tennessee as volunteer assistant coach, Chip Dill is responsible for overseeing and developing the Volunteers' pitching staff while assisting with first base coach responsibilities during the season.
The former Tusculum College assistant coach will join the Vols staff spending the 2014 season with the Pioneers, serving as a part of the pitching staff as well as the team's strength and conditioning program personnel.
"I'm excited to bring Chip into our family as our volunteer coaching position," said Head Coach Dave Serrano. "I've known Chip for a long time, since we were teammates back at Cerritos College. He brings a wealth of experience but more importantly, he adds class and character to our staff. He will be major contributor to the development of our pitching staff."
Prior to his time with Tusculum, Dill spent the 2013 season with the NCAA Division II California Baptist University and helped lead the team to a NCCAA World Series title as pitching coach. While with the Lancers, Dill coached John Bengard, the 2013 PacWest Conference Pitcher of the Year, and guided the team's staff to a 43-18 record.
From 2009-12, Dill worked as the pitching coach at Orange Coast College and helped the club to an Orange Empire Conference championship in 2012. The Pirates' staff compiled a 1.87 ERA to lead the state this season and in 2011, Dill helped the team reach the state super regionals.
Since 2011, Dill has also worked as a pitching coach for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod Baseball League. This summer, he coached current Volunteer Andrew Lee and has coached Luke Bard (Georgia Tech), a 2012 first round (supplemental draft) selection (42nd overall) of the Minnesota Twins; JT Chargois (Rice), a 2012 second round selection (73rd overall) of the Minnesota Twins; Dan Langfield (Memphis), a 2012 fourth round selection; Scott Griggs (UCLA), a 2012 eighth round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Tom Windle (Univ. of Minnesota) 2013 second round pick 56th overall; Sam Moll (Memphis) 2013 third round selection of the Colorado Rockies.
"I'm so grateful to be a part of the amazing energy that surrounds this school," said Dill. "Seeing the excitement about this team and knowing that we have a good team coming back makes me excited to see what we can do with them. With that, my job will be to make sure that all pitchers perform to the best of their ability. Pitching is all I've ever coached and I hope I bring a calmness that may relate to players on a different level."
As a player, Dill spent two seasons at Cerritos College (1982-83) and was drafted three times. He was originally selected in the 12th round of the June 1982 Major League Draft by the California Angels, who later drafted him again in the sixth round of the mid-year amateur draft that same year. In 1983, the Minnesota Twins also selected Dill in the second round of the MLB Draft.
In 1984, he decided to enroll and play for Head Coach Jerry Kindall at the University of Arizona, leading the team with five saves that season. Dill also played in the Cape Cod League in 1983, winning the league championship title with the Harwich Mariners.
A graduate of Brandman University, Dill spent 26 years as a captain with the Costa Mesa Fire Department while living in California. He and his wife, Priscilla, have two children and live in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Coach Dill's bio is used courtesy of the University of Tennessee and UTsports.com
Due to NCAA rules and regulations, Coach Dill works with middle school age and younger.