Tennessee Head Baseball Coach Dave Serrano announced this week the addition of Volunteer Assistant Coach Chip Dill to his coaching staff. The former Tusculum College assistant coach joins the Vols after spending the 2014 season with the Pioneers, serving as a part of the pitching coach staff as well as the team's strength and conditioning program personnel.
"I'm excited to bring Chip into our family as our volunteer coaching position," said Serrano. "I've known Chip for a long time, since we were teammates back at Cerritos College. He brings a wealth of experience but more importantly, he adds class and character to our staff. He will be major contributor to the development of our pitching staff."
Prior to his time with Tusculum, Dill spent the 2013 season with the NCAA Division II California Baptist University and helped lead the team to a NCCAA World Series title as pitching coach. From 2009-12, Dill also worked as the pitching coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, and helped the club to an Orange Empire Conference Championship in 2012.
Since 2011, Dill has also worked as a pitching coach for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League. This summer, he had the opportunity to coach current Tennessee pitcher/infielder Andrew Lee and has coached numerous collegiate pitchers who were recently drafted by Major League organizations.
"I'm so grateful to be a part of the amazing energy that surrounds this school," said Dill. "Seeing the excitement about this team and knowing that we have a good team coming back makes me excited to see what we can do with them. With that, my job will be to make sure that all pitchers perform to the best of their ability. Pitching is all I've ever coached and I hope I bring a calmness that may relate to players on a different level."
As a player, Dill spent two seasons at Cerritos College (1982-83), pitching alongside Serrano, and was drafted three times. He was originally selected in the 12th round of the 1982 Major League draft by the California Angels and was later drafted in the sixth round of the mid-year amateur draft that same year. Ultimately, he was selected in the second round of the 1983 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins.
While living in California, Dill spent 27 years with the Costa Mesa Fire Department. He and his wife, Priscilla, have two children and reside in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Asaro Named Director of Baseball Operations
Entering his third season with the Volunteer Baseball program, Tony Asaro assumes the position of director of baseball operations following two seasons as volunteer assistant coach.
In his new capacity, Asaro will continue to assist the Vols coaching staff with coordinating offseason baseball camps and community service outings for the Tennessee baseball team. He will also serve as a primary liaison between the University and the Vols Baseball program.
"I was happy that Tony decided to change hats and go into our Director of Baseball Operations position," said Serrano. "He brings great qualities with his personality, organization and communications skills to serve in that role in a first class way. I've known Tony since he was a player for me at UC Irvine and I'm excited that he is also still part of our family."
A former player of Serrano, as well as Assistant Head Coach Greg Bergeron, at the University of California-Irvine, Asaro spent the 2010-12 seasons as an assistant coach at El Camino College, where he served as hitting instructor, recruiting coordinator and third-base coach.
As a collegiate player, Asaro won a 2006 West Coast Conference Championship with Pepperdine University before transferring to UC-Irvine, where he helped the Coach Serrano and the Anteaters reach a College World Series in 2007 and advance to Super Regionals the following year.