Eastern baseball coach makes TCL history
Brazos Valley Bombers head coach Curt Dixon, middle, led the team to its third consecutive Texas Collegiate League championship in August.
One of McAlester’s own continues making history.
grad and Eastern Oklahoma State College pitching coach Curt Dixon
coached the Brazos Valley Bombers in August to their third consecutive
Texas Collegiate League championship — a league first.
— who is 135-52 overall in four years with the Bombers — was also named
the Texas Collegiate League coach of the year for the fourth
consecutive season, which also helped Dixon earn a two-year extension
with the team after the season.
a testament to a lot of good players; they make me look good,” Dixon
said. “We had kids from University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas
A&M, Arizona, Dallas Baptist…and all those guys gelled together and
made me look pretty good.”
Thirteen Bombers were selected in the MLB Draft as the team finished the year ranked No. 3 in the final CSB rankings for 2015.
Valley outscored Acadiana, 36-2, to sweep the two-game championships
series and finish the season at 45-9 overall — including a 29-2 record
at their home park Cellucor Field — and set the TCL record for winning
rainouts during the season held the Bombers shy of the win total from
2013 (49-15), but they were the first team in the league’s 12-year
history to finish with single-digit losses.
“I think if this team played all 60, they would have eclipsed 50 wins,” Dixon said.
graduated from McAlester in 2004 before going on to play baseball at
University of the Ozarks, where he set school career records in
strikeouts, innings pitched, wins, and games started.
After his senior
season and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science,
Dixon played three seasons of professional baseball in the independent
leagues with the Sioux City Explorers, Southern Illinois Miners, Big
Bend Cowboys and Kalamazoo Kings. Dixon was also voted to the
Continental League All-Star Game in 2009 when he was the co-league
leader in wins.
— who went 8-8 with a 5.29 ERA in three seasons in the independent
leagues — then decided to make the transition from the field to the
dugout after he married his wife, Whitney. The couple now lives in
Wilburton with their daughter, Addison.
became the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Clarke
University in Dubuque, Iowa — where the pitching staff set school
records in Earned Run Average, opponent batting average and conference
wins in his only season there.
returned to his alma mater as pitching coach and head junior varsity
coach in 2009 and 2010 before joining the Eastern staff under head coach
Craig Price — with whom he already had a long history.
played together in high school on summer league teams and everything
and he called me to come down here,” Dixon said. “And I came down here
has made some contacts in the Division 1 coaching ranks — including
Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress — and had other coaching
opportunities this summer, but said he loves his current situation.
to coach at a good junior college and being able to manage in the
summer with being a pitching coach in the spring is the best of both
worlds for me,” Dixon said. “Then being close to home and having my
folks being able to be a part of my daughter’s life, and then coaching
with (Price) too because he’s awesome.”
This article first appeared in the McAlester News-Capital on Sept. 1, 2015.