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Tighe Dickinson added to Arkansas State Coaching Staff

FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
JONESBORO – Arkansas State head baseball coach Tommy Raffo announced Wednesday the hiring of Tighe Dickinson as assistant baseball coach for the Red Wolves program.

Dickinson will fill the opening left vacant by the departure of Justin Meccage, who left the program for a position with the Pittsburg Pirates organization.

Dickinson brings 10 years of coaching experience to the Red Wolves including four years at the Division I level working as a pitching coach at the University of Washington. During his career, Dickinson has worked with numerous Major League Baseball prospects including 2010 MLB All-Stars Tim Lincecum, John Lester and Evan Meek.

“We are very excited about Tighe Dickinson joining the Red Wolves Baseball program. He brings a wealth of experience to ASU,” said head coach Tommy Raffo. “ He has coached at many levels and has been successful developing pitchers at the Division I level for future success in professional baseball. We have a great foundation in the pitching staff that has been set here by Coach Justin Meccage and Tighe will keep moving us forward toward our ultimate goal of winning a Sun Belt Championship“

Overall, Dickinson coached 13 drafted pitchers including a first and second round pick while at Washington.

Dickinson served as an assistant coach at Montesano High School in 2009-10 where he led the squad to a 21-4 first-place league finish and an appearance in the state playoffs.

Prior to his appointment at Washington, Dickinson served as head coach at Edmonds Community College where he led the squad to a third-place finish in the NWAACC Tournament and a 75-16 record as head coach, including a 40-8 conference mark.

Dickinson also served as head coach at Skyline High School in Issaquah in 2003, guiding the team to a 14-7 overall mark and a 13-5 conference record. He also served as pitching coach at Edmonds CC in 2000 and 2001.

Aside from his work at Edmonds and Skyline, Dickinson has also served as pitching coach at Taylor Baseball, a top youth summer program, since 2001. Taylor took third place in the national AAU tournament in 2001 and in 2002, finished second at the USA Baseball Federation national tournament. During the 2005 summer season, Taylor finished second at the USABF World Series and completed the season with a 59-7-1 record.

A native of Aberdeen, Wash., Dickinson graduated from Montesano High in 1994. After one year at Green River CC, he played three seasons of college baseball as a pitcher at Alabama-Birmingham, lettering in 1996, 1997 and 1998. In 1999, he earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from UAB.