This past February, the Dillard University Athletics Department announced the addition of a baseball program and the hiring of Trennis Grant as its new head baseball coach. The Dillard baseball program is scheduled to begin playing games opening the HBCU baseball season with two scheduled doubleheaders on January 27 and January 28 on the road against Louisiana Christian University at Billy Allgood Field in Pineville, Louisiana.
The baseball program announced the schedule for its 2023 season with a 41-game schedule. According to Dillard’s schedule, they will play their first 30 games on the road before a home opener against Wiley College on March 31 in an HBCU contest.
Dillard next scheduled games include contests visiting Dallas Christian College on February 3-4 for a three-game tilt, then travel to face Loyola of New Orleans, LA for a mid-week doubleheader on February 7, followed by a three-game HBCU series on February 10-11.
The institution is beyond excited to bring baseball to the Dillard campus and provide everyone with consistent entertainment throughout the spring with the local community.
The Gulf Athletic Conference (GCAC) finalized plans to expand baseball participation into the conference. Dillard University was able to add baseball as a varsity sport to the GCAC.
The GCAC Board Presidents and Chancellors entered their focus to strengthen and stabilize a baseball playing conference. The conference looks forward to having Dillard known as an athletically and academically institution.
Trennis Grant was chosen as Dillard’s first head coach. He has seven years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level. He was an assistant coach at Southern University for the two years. At Southern, Coach Grant developed outfielders, catchers and the hitters. While there, the program won the 2021 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and made the NCAA Regional.
Grant spent two years working as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Alabama A&M from 2018-2020. His duties included coaching and developing outfielders, catchers, infielders and hitters, As an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff from 2016-2018, Trennis Grant aided the team to improve in nearly every offensive statistical category including hits, home runs, triples and stolen bases.
Grant started his baseball coaching career at Hendrix College from 2014-2016. In his coaching role, he worked directly with the outfielders and assisted with the team’s hitters. He aided the UAPB program improve offensive numbers in doubles, triples and runs batted in. With every stop Grant has made, team grade point averages have been 3.0 or higher.
History will be made when that first pitch is thrown. Dillard University’s opening HBCU baseball contest can be viewed live against Louisiana Christian January 27-28. Click here to see Dillard in action.