Mississippi State players may not have to wait long to learn who their new pitching coach will be.
On the same day Butch Thompson departed to take the head coaching job at Auburn, Brian Foley of College Baseball Daily reported late Thursday night that Cal State Fullerton’s Jason Dietrich has accepted the position.
In a statement released by MSU on Thompson’s departure, head coach John Cohen mentioned that he wanted to move quickly to fill the vacancy.
“Our nationwide search for a new pitching coach begins immediately,” Cohen said. “We look forward to the new hire developing our talented group of arms and recruiting tirelessly as we continue our goal of winning championships at Mississippi State.”
Dietrich has served as the Titans pitching coach for the past three seasons. His staff posted a 2.89 overall earned run average with nine shutouts and opponents hitting .251 against them this past season. Those statistics shrunk to a 2.09 ERA and a .231 batting average in conference play.
Dietrich is a native of Santa Ana, Calif., and pitched at Rancho Santiago College from 1991-93 and Pepperdine in 1994. He was selected in the 19th round of the MLB Draft and spent four seasons in the Colorado Rockies farm system and another playing independent baseball with the New Jersey Jackals.
Dietrich’s coaching career has landed him at Arcadia (Calif.) High School (1999-2001), Los Angeles City College (2002), Irvine Valley College (2003-06), Cal State Los Angeles (2007) and UC-Irvine (2008-12). He also had stints coaching in the Cape Cod League and Western-Wood Bat Collegiate Summer League.
Mississippi State has yet to confirm Dietrich’s hire.