Dickinson Promoted, Miller Added To Baseball Staff
July 21, 2008
SEATTLE - Washington head baseball coach Ken Knutson announced two coaching staff changes today as former volunteer assistant coach Tighe Dickinson has been promoted to a full-time assistant coach and former Husky shortstop Kevin Miller was named the volunteer assistant coach.
Dickinson, who has spent the last three seasons as the Huskies' volunteer assistant, moved into a spot vacated when former assistant Donny Harrel left the UW earlier this summer to become the new head coach at Seattle University.
Miller has spent the last four seasons as head coach at Ballard High School, his alma mater. In 2007, he was named the KingCo 4A coach of the year after leading the Beavers to the state tournament.
'I'm really excited about promoting Tighe to the full-time position,' said Knutson, who enters his 18th season as the Husky head man. 'He has been instrumental in the development of several very successful pitchers, like Tim Lincecum, Nick Hagadone, Nick Haughian and Jorden Merry.'
Dickinson, who will continue to work with the Husky pitching staff, was the head coach at Edmonds Community College in 2004 and 2005, before leaving to join the staff at the UW. In his first season at Washington, he helped coach Lincecum, the winner of the 2006 Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top amateur baseball player.
Dickinson led Edmonds to a 75-16 overall record during the 2004 and 2005 seasons and was co-head coach in 2002 when the Tritons won the NWAACC championship. In 2003, he was head coach at Skyline High School.
A native of Aberdeen, Wash., Dickinson graduated from Montesano (Wash.) High in 1994. After one season pitching at Green River CC in Auburn, he played three years at Alabama-Birmingham, earning his degree in 1999.
Miller, who starred at shortstop during his three-year Washington career, will work with the UW infielders.
'Kevin is one of the best players in the history of the program,' said Knutson. 'He's worked very hard and has had a lot of success at Ballard High and with Baden Baseball, his summer team. I'm really happy to have him on the staff.'
A three-time All-Pac-10 first-team selection during his college career at the UW, Miller was named the Pac-10 North Player of the Year as a freshman in 1996 and again as a sophomore in 1997. He helped the Huskies to three straight Northern Division titles and overall Pac-10 championships in 1997 and 1998.
After setting the Husky career records for both home runs and runs batted in, Miller was drafted by Oakland in the third round of the 1998 draft. After going straight to high-A ball to play with the Modesto As, his pro career was cut short by a severe ankle injury.
Prior to taking over as head coach at Ballard, Miller spent one season as an assistant for the Beavers after two years as an assistant at Seattle's Garfield High. Miller was the 1995 Metro League Player of the Year at Ballard.