COACH OF THE YEAR
Jim Dillard, Grapeland
It can be hard enough for a coach to acclimate himself to new team right off the bat, even harder when taking over a squad with big expectations.
Jim Dillard did just that in 2013 in Grapeland, and even more.
Despite consistently missing players with other athletic commitments throughout the year, Dillard — the program’s third coach in four years — was able to keep the team steady.
He led Grapeland back to the regional final, where they eventually fell to rival Beckville, 2-0.
Players picked for the Dogwood Circle team were nominated by their respective coaches. Players who were not nominated were not eligible for selection.
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