Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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June 26, 2014

Navarro set to begin interviewing for baseball coach opening

Corsicana — Interviews begin next week in the effort to replace Whoa Dill as baseball coach at Navarro College. When it comes to JUCO baseball, Corsicana’s a destination spot.

“It’s a really desirable job,” Navarro Athletic Director Roark Montgomery said. “You have a state of the art locker room and hitting facility, and it’s been a good program for 20 years with a lot of conference championships and a national championship.”

Dill led the Bulldogs to that national title in 2011, and had a return trip to Grand Junction, Colo. and the JUCO World Series in 2013. In eight seasons, he compiled a 307-157 record, won four conference titles and two Region XIV crowns.

He succeeded University of Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson, having spent five seasons under Johnson as an assistant.

“We’ve got several guys in DI, and Brock Holt and Chris Davis are doing well (in the Major Leagues with Boston and Baltimore, respectively),” Montgomery said. “It’s not a hard sell.

“Skip’s known all over the country, and Whoa took us to another level.”

A few years ago, the football job opened a year after Nick Bobeck led the Bulldogs to the 2010 national title. That opening drew almost 70 applications, Montgomery said.

While not quite that many this time, there were a lot of resumes to sort through, he said.

The school has narrowed down the candidates, and will likely begin interviews next week, Montgomery said.

“I think we’ll have someone in place within the next couple of weeks,” Montgomery said.

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