Eastern Oklahoma State College (Wilburton, OK)
Hometown: McAlester, Oklahoma
Bombers Baseball under Curt Dixon (2012- )
Dixon’s record with Bombers – (88-37)
Perfect Game Summer Collegiate National Champions - 2013
Texas Collegiate League Champions - 2013
Texas Collegiate League single season record in wins– 46-14 (2013)
Texas Collegiate League First Half Record in wins – 26-4 (2013)
Texas Collegiate League Second Half Record in wins – 22-8 (2012)
Highest Ranking in Perfect Game’s National Poll - #1 (2013)
Bombers Franchise record in wins- 49-15 (2013)
Top Prospects by Perfect Game - 14
Top Prospects by Baseball America – 7
Texas Collegiate League All-Stars- 19
Texas Collegiate League Coach of the Year- 2012, 2013
Curt Dixon is currently in his third season as the Head Coach of the Brazos Valley Bombers. In only his second season, Dixon led the Bombers to a summer collegiate league national championship. The record breaking 2013 season was completed when perfect game came out with their final rankings, having the Bombers as the #1 team in the country. The 2013 team won the Texas Collegiate League Championship as well as setting numerous records. The bombers won the regular season for the second year in a row with a record of 46-14, which broke the Texas Collegiate league record for wins in a season. The Bombers also set the Texas Collegiate league first half record for wins going 26-4. The Bombers reset the franchise record for wins with 49 after setting in 2012 with 39. The 2013 team had 13 all-stars, 9 top prospects by Perfect Game, and 4 top prospects by Baseball America. Dixon received 2013 Texas Collegiate League Coach of the Year.
In his first season with the Bombers, Dixon led them to the 2012 TCL regular season champs. The Bombers set a franchise record for wins in 2012 with 39. Also, the bombers set a second half record with 22 wins and 8 losses. This past summer was the first time in franchise history the bombers were nationally ranked by Perfect Game in top 25. The Bombers also had 4 of the top 10 prospects in the TCL ranked by perfect game. To cap off a record breaking summer Dixon received the 2012 Texas Collegiate League Coach of the Year.
During the school year Dixon is the pitching coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College. Dixon has helped guide the Mountaineer pitching staff to a Region II Championship. In his two years at Eastern three pitchers have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and 11 others who moved on to four year universities. In 2012, the mountaineers had two of the top 3 strikeout leaders in NJCAA. Has had one All American in Blake Logan and Academic All American in Michael Freeman.
Prior to coming to Eastern, Dixon was the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. During his only season at Clarke, the pitching staff set school records in Earned Run Average, opponent batting average and conference wins. In 2009 and 2010, Dixon coached at his alma mater, the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. He served as the team's pitching coach and head junior varsity coach. Dixon also dealt with recruiting and fund-raising in his two years at Ozarks.
As a player, Dixon set career school records at the University of the Ozarks in strikeouts, innings pitched, and wins. In his senior season, he helped lead the Eagles to a 31-9 regular season record, reaching as high No. 14 in the national polls. He went 9-1 on the mound which helped earn him a spot on the ABCA All-Region Team and All-Conference Team in 2008. Dixon made national news in his senior campaign when he was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.
Following his senior season, Dixon signed to play professional baseball. He played three seasons in the independent leagues with Sioux City Explorers, Southern Illinois Miners, Big Bend Cowboys and Kalamazoo Kings. In 2009, he was voted to the Continental League All-Star Game where he was the winning pitcher of the game. Also, in 2009 Dixon was the Continental Leagues co-league leader in wins.
Dixon is currently working on his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy in sports administration. He was a Cum Laude graduate from the University of the Ozarks with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science with emphasis in public administration. Dixon resides in Wilburton with his wife, Whitney and their daughter Addison.
1st Base Coach/Outfield
University of West Alabama (Livingston, Alabama)
Hometown: West, Texas
Clay Cox is in his first year as a member of the University of West Alabama baseball coaching staff as a Graduate Assistant. He will coach outfielders and assist with hitting and recruiting.
Cox comes to UWA from Rockdale High School in Rockdale, Texas, where he was the head baseball coach for the last two seasons. Over that time Rockdale won 37 games and set a school record for winning streak. Under Cox, Rockdale also set school records for stolen bases in a single game (20) and stolen bases in a season (135). He coached four all-star selections, six all-state choices, nine all-district selections and six academic all-state honorees at Rockdale.
Prior to Rockdale, Cox was the head baseball coach at Jacksboro (Texas) High School. He also had coaching stops at James Bowie High School in Simms, Texas.
His career totals as a prep head coach include 16 all-district selections, nine all-state choices and five all-star selections. He twice produced the 3A Baseball "Hitter of the Week" by TxHighSchoolBaseball.com.
Originally from West, TX, Cox earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M in 2008 with a minor in coaching. He is currently doing Master's Degree work at Concordia (Calf.) University and is also enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at UWA.
3rd Base Coach/Infield
South Mountain CC (Phoenix, AZ)
Hometown: Ada, Oklahoma
The Oklahoma native graduated from Latta High School in 2005, where he played for Hall of Fame Coach, Eddie Collins. While attending Latta High School, Gillum was a part of four Class 2A Oklahoma State Championship squads - 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005. Following high school, he played two years on the infield at Seminole State Junior College (2006-2007) and finishing his playing career starting every game for ECU (2008-2009) at second base while earning a degree in Kinesiology (Teacher's Certification). Following his playing career, he immediately joined the coaching staff at ECU for the next two years as the infield and hitting coach. He also had a direct impact on the recruiting trail with his second recruiting class winning 26 games, which was the most wins by an ECU team in 7 years. In the summer of 2011, Gillum graduated with his Master's Degree in Education and accepted a coaching position in South Mountain CC. He now enters his third year on the coaching staff at SMCC serving as the recruiting coordinator and infield coach. His other duties include assisting with hitters and strength training. In 2013, the Cougars finished Runner-Up in the ACCAC with a record of 39-22. They also set a SMCC record with having 6 players earn All-Conference honors, totally 10 All-Conference players in Gillum's two years at South Mountain. The past two summers, he traveled to the Myrtle Beach summer Collegiate Baseball League to manage the Shore Eagles finishing 3rd place both seasons.
Special Assistant to the General Manager
Hometown: Alpine, Texas
Ben Gallego, of Bryan, Texas, joins the Bombers’ coaching staff for the third year in a row. Gallego served as the pitching coach the last two years and will assume an advisors role this year with the ball club in 2012. He has coached and worked with players on various levels, including little and senior league, high school, college and professional baseball. Gallego has a proven track record for helping players get to the next level.
In addition to his current teaching and coaching profession in Bryan, Gallego serves as a personal hitting and pitching instructor, as well as an associate scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. When the summer baseball schedule allows, he hosts his own personal baseball camp in his hometown of Alpine, Texas.