Joe Dillon enters his first season as the volunteer assistant coach where he will direct the Red Raider defense. Dillon recently retired from professional baseball and is completing his degree at Texas Tech.
Dillon is one of the most prolific players to ever come through Texas Tech as several of his offensive records still stand today. His 33 home runs in 1997 still stands at Texas Tech and at the end of that year he was honored as a First-Team All-American. His stellar senior season also helped the Red Raiders win the inaugural Big 12 regular-season championship.
He was drafted in the seventh round by the Kansas City Royals in 1997 and went on to play eight seasons in the Royals minor league system before an injury force his retirement in 2003. In four of his eight seasons as a professional, Dillon hit more than 10 home runs and averaged two triples a year.
Dillon is married to the former Tilleri Garland and they have one son, Cole.