BELDEN, Miss. (WTVA) - At 31 years old, Drew Dillard is already a baseball "lifer."
In May, Dillard was hired to replace Will Lowrey as head baseball coach at Tupelo Christian Prep. Dillard played baseball at East Union, Northeast Mississippi Community College and Belhaven University.
After college, Dillard went straight into coaching, holding assistant positions at East Union, Clinton and Blue Mountain College.
"The reason why I move around to different places is cause I want to get my resume up, and get as good a job or a job like TCPS, and be able to mentor kids, and be one of those guys who expects greatness on and off the field," Dillard said. "I knew at an early age, whenever I got out of high school, that I wanted to be a head high school coach."
TCPS won the Class 1A state championship in 2016 under Lowrey, who left to become athletic director at Blue Mountain College, where Dillard spent last season as an assistant.
Lowrey says he's excited to watch Dillard put his own stamp on the Eagles' program.
"Every coach does things a little differently and I'm anxious to see the renewed and refreshed energy that he brings to the program," Lowrey said.
Dillard says he will measure his own success beyond wins and losses.
"Nobody's gonna know who won the state title in ten years, but they're gonna know the life lessons," he said. "The kids that call me ten years from now are the ones that I really impacted, and that's when the payoff really happens."
- Dillard putting his own stamp on TCPS baseball
- Dillard named new head baseball coach at TCPS
- Two-A-Days: Nettleton, TCPS
- TCPS' Cade Hall signs with Christian Brothers baseball
- TCPS baseball dedicates field in honor of BMC athletic director
- TCPS' Laney signs with Blue Mountain
- ICC's Jabria Pounds signs with Dillard University
- Pernell McPhee hosts youth football camp at TCPS
- TCPS hosts archery meet at the Tupelo Furniture Market
- Two TCPS student-athletes sign with four-year schools