Tighe Dickinson is in his sixth year as an assistant coach with the Red Wolves program and will serve as the pitching coach for A-State this season.
Dickinson brings over 16 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 coached numerous Major League Baseball pitchers including two-time World Series Champion Tim Lincecum, 2013 World Series Champion Jon Lester and 2010 MLB All-Star Evan Meek.
|A-State Pitchers Drafted Under Dickinson|
|2011 - Andy Ferguson (Round 18, Pick 546) - Kansas City Royals|
|2012 - Jacob Lee (Round 9, Pick 293) - Cleveland Indians|
|2012 - Brandon Farley (Round 33, Pick 1018) - San Francisco Giants|
|2013 - Daniel Wright (Round 10, Pick 315) - Cincinnati Reds|
|2014 - Bradley Wallace (Round 10, Pick 307) - Tampa Bay Rays|
|2015 - David Owen (Round 19, Pick 576) - San Francisco Giants|
|2015 - Chandler Hawkins (Round 33, Pick 1001) - St. Louis Cardinals|
A-State's pitchers enjoyed another solid campaign in the 2015 season. The staff pitched to a 4.58 ERA and struck out the second-most batters in school history with 426. The staff also held opposing hitters to a .262 batting average and only threw 23 wild pitches.
Dickinson also coached two more draft picks in David Owen and Chandler Hawkins. Owen was again the team's best starting pitcher with a 3.25 ERA and was selected in the 19th round by the San Francisco Giants. Chandler Hawkins had his best year as an A-State pitcher with a 4.87 ERA and 5-7 record and he finished the season strong again with another dominant outing in the SBC Tournament to propel himself to a 33rd round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. He also helped Coulton Lee to a 3.03 ERA after posting an ERA of 9.00 as a freshman and helped Adam Grantham's development as he worked to a 4.43 ERA after entering the season with a career mark of 7.92.
The 2014 season was another stellar performance for the Red Wolves pitching staff. The staff struck out 423 batters, the third most in school history, and had a team ERA of 4.31 and collected 32 wins. Sophomore pitcher David Owen went 5-6 and was named to the Gregg Olson “Breakout Player of the Year” watchlist, the first A-State pitcher in A-State history to earn the honor.
He also helped guide Bradley Wallace to a 4-5 record on the season and a dominating eight inning performance in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Wallace drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays with 307th pick in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft in June. He is the second-highest draft in Red Wolves history and the fifth pitcher that Dickinson has had drafted since arriving at Arkansas State.
In 2013 he coached one of the best pitching staff's in school history, including guiding Daniel Wright, who was a 10th round selection of the Cincinnati Reds, to an First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection. Dickinson also helped John Koch become the school's all-time leader in saves and helped the 2013 pitching staff obliterate the team record for strikeouts in a season. The 2013 staff struck out 487 batters, breaking the record by 80 strikeouts, which had stood for over 15 years.
Dickinson coached former A-State pitcher Jacob Lee to one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2012. Lee is ASU's all-time leader in career strikeouts with 280. He broke ASU's previous record of 251 which was set by Rusty Bourg from 1957-70. Lee also finished with 24 victories, one shy of the all-time school record. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the ninth round of the 2012 MLB draft.
The 2012 pitching staff recorded 391 strikeouts, the third most in school history, and allowed just 254 earned runs on the year. Opponents hit just .270 against the Red Wolves and Dickinson helped the pitching staff win 34 games, the fourth most in school history.
While at A-State, Dickinson has had five players drafted including Bradley Wallace (Tampa Bay Rays), Daniel Wright (Cincinnati Reds), Jacob Lee (Cleveland Indians-2012), Brandon Farley (San Francisco Giants-2012) and Andy Ferguson (Kansas City Royals-2011). In all, Dickinson has coached 17 pitchers who have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
In 2010 Dickinson helped the A-State pitching staff record the sixth most strikeouts in school history with 382.
Prior to his time at A-State, 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 Montesano, 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. He married his wife, Billie, on August 9, 2014.