Mike Dilley is a newcomer to UTA baseball, but he has been around collegiate baseball in the Arlington/Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for quite some time now. This year, he brings his experience to UTA as the Mavericks? volunteer assistant coach. He will coach UTA?s catchers and assist with the hitting instruction, while also serving as first base coach.
Dilley comes to UTA from Dallas Baptist University, where he served as an assistant coach last year for a Patriots team that went 38-16 overall and advanced to the regional finals before falling to Oklahoma City University, at the time the nation?s top ranked team.
As a member of the Patriots? coaching staff, Dilley was responsible for catchers, team defense, hitting instruction and field maintenance, and served as the team?s first base coach.
His players took his hitting instruction to heart in 2001, hitting .386 collectively and belting 83 home runs.
Dilley joined the Patriots? coaching staff fresh off a two-year playing career at DBU. As a student-athlete, Dilley helped lead his team to back-to-back NAIA World Series appearances. A two year starter behind the plate, Dilley and his teammates took home a national runner-up finish in 2000.
Dilley played his first two years of college ball at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind., before joining coach Sam Riggleman in moving to DBU prior to the 2000 season.
While earning two letters at Dallas Baptist, Dilley was a mainstay behind the plate for the Patriots. He hit .351 in 53 games in 2001 and threw out 50 percent of potential base stealers in 52 games in 2000. Dilley played internationally with Athletes in Action in Venezuela and Peru in the summer of 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology from Dallas Baptist in May, 2001.
In addition to his collegiate playing and coaching career, Dilley played for the Lima Locos of the Great Lakes Collegiate League in the summer of 2000, and served as an assistant coach for the Athletes in Action Central American team while it traveled in Dallas in the summer of 2002.
Dilley and his wife Priscila, who is also a 2001 graduate of Dallas Baptist University, were married in 2001 and reside in Arlington.