PRINCETON – Caldwell County High School has hired Jimmy Dyer as the school’s next baseball coach.
The announcement was made on Monday by CCHS athletics director Kim Farmer at VFW Field, where the Tigers play their home games.
“Mr. Dyer gives us experience, enthusiasm, love for the game and an interest in our program,” she said. “We are very, very happy to have him back on the staff as our baseball coach.”
Dyer succeeds Bradley Stallins, who resigned in May last year as the Tigers’ winning coach with a mark of 301-212 over 18 seasons. The team did not play last spring due to COVID-19 regulations.
Dyer, a 1982 CCHS graduate who teaches science at Livingston Central High School, said he felt good coming home to coach.
“When I graduated, I knew I wanted to be a teacher because I wanted to come back and practice Caldwell County baseball,” he said. “It was my driving force.
I taught in Lyon County for six years and trained baseball there for six years. I came here and trained with Danny Beavers until 2000, when I took over as head coach. ”
Dyer trained the Tigers for three years when a personal decision kept him away from the diamond.
“God put it in my heart that we were going to have another child, and I wanted to be the father of this child,” he said. “I was not very much with the first two because I trained baseball, basketball and football.
“I have taken the last 18 years off. I retired on November 1 last year from education – did not like it, so I teach in Livingston County right now. When this opened up, I get another chance to do what puts me in education to begin with. ”
Dyer spoke to several of this year’s players about training sessions and the coaching staff before the announcement was made at VFW Field.
CCHS principal Christy Phelps praised Dyer for the professionalism he showed in previous employment at the school.
“We’ve worked with Jimmy before, and his work ethic is outstanding,” she said. “His character is first class and he loves the kids. He’s going to really develop some players and, in addition to players, some good citizens. He is very competitive and we look forward to having him. ”
Dyer said he is looking forward to getting started with Caldwell County.
“Everything in my closet is still blue,” he said. “I always thought I might come back one day. I did not know if it would present itself or not, but it did. I have too much energy to stay home, so I’m ready to go.
We’ll get the kids to individual workouts ASAP (as soon as possible) – tomorrow, if we can. If we can not, when they let us go. ”
Dyer said the team will be coached by a triumvirate of coaches with input from assistants Dono McGregor and Jake McCoy.
“My leadership philosophy is to hire people smarter than you,” he said. “Dono is amazing. When I trained in 2000, the first conversation I had was calling him. He has been around the program ever since. Jake McCoy – I’ve seen the way he works with the kids. Everyone I talked to just gave him glowing reports.
“I will surround myself with smart people and beat them loose and try to stay out of the way. We’ll be more of a three-headed monster this year instead of a head coach and assistants. ”