DCC baseball coach hire retracts, search back on
The search for the next baseball coach at Dawson Community College remains ongoing.
Late in 2015 the former coach was placed on administrative leave and Brent Diegel stepped in as the interim coach, helping guide the Bucs to a second place finish in the conference and a Mon-Dak Conference Tournament Championship.
According to a press release from DCC, the nationwide search for DCC’s next coach began in late February and attracted over 30 qualified candidates. The selection committee consisted of representatives from the baseball team, faculty, staff, athletic department and administration. The committee used a scoring rubric which contained over 20 categories including education, experience, academic oversight, recruiting ability, player development, time management and discipline.
The process started with evaluating the applications, then follow-up questions, skype interviews and a final interview.
The college offered the job to the top candidate who gladly accepted shortly thereafter.
The press release from DCC states: “Unfortunately, before starting the job, he changed his mind and decided to pursue other opportunities due in part to some of the negativity that flared up surrounding the announcement of his acceptance.”
The search committee is now back at work trying to contact some of the other top candidates to see if they were still interested in the position, according to the DCC release.
Interim President Vincent Nix commented, “It’s unfortunate how things have played out with this process. The committee has invested a lot of time and energy and maintained a high level of integrity to try and find the best coach possible. Fortunately, we have several highly qualified candidates and I’m confident that very soon we will have an excellent baseball coach in place who will continue to build on the good tradition of DCC baseball.”