Interim Dillard University Baseball Coach A. Rashad “Rod” White Becomes Permanent Head Coach

Dillard University baseball head coach A. Rashad “Rod” White has had the interim tag removed from his title and has been hired as head coach of the Dillard baseball program.

Coach White has been serving as the interim head coach of Dillard after taking over the coaching duties from Trennis Grant this past April.

After White took over the coaching duties, Dillard was 12-4 in the team’s last 16 ball games, ending its season in the Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference (GCAC) tournament with a 20-27 record.

Rod White will be the second head coach to lead the baseball program in two years.

Coach White has a vast knowledge of the game of baseball and brings a wealth of coaching and experience to Dillard. He showcased his passion and leadership for the program this season and demonstrated his professional and positive culture.

He will lead and oversee all aspects of the university’s baseball program and develop and implement strategic plans for team success.

Along with knowledge of college baseball, White brings in experience from working as a remote Major League Baseball (MLB) scout with the National Scouting Bureau.

White was responsible for managing and building relationships with the top prospects in the country through his positions as Principal & CEO at Matrix Sports & Entertainment offering a holistic approach to supporting the athletes he represents.

Rod White played collegiate baseball for Alabama State University. In 2009, he returned to ASU to complete his Bachelor of Science Degree while serving as an Assistant Baseball Coach.

“First, I want thank God for this opportunity and for the preparation for it. All the roles that I have had the privilege of having throughout my baseball career have prepared me holistically for this opportunity. I want to thank Dr. Rochelle Ford, President of Dillard University, and Athletic Director Dr. Linda Bell for lifting the interim tag and entrusting me with the opportunity to continue to lead and serve the Dillard baseball program, these young men as well as serve this prestigious university.  I also want my wife Tamara, my daughters and family for their continuous support.

I would also like to thank the coaching staff we have assembled in Carl Nichols as Recruiting Coordinator/Hitting Coach, Bob Shelton as Head Assistant Coach/Director of Baseball Operations & Analytics and Malik Blaise as our 1st Base/Infield Coordinator. I thank these gentlemen for joining me and trusting my leadership in this endeavor.

In conclusion, I am grateful for the opportunity to embark on this exciting journey as the head baseball coach at Dillard University. Together, with the support of the university leadership and the dedication of our talented scholar/athletes, I am confident that we will achieve great success both on and off the field. I look forward to continuing to lead and inspire these young men whom have shown tremendous patience during this transition process as well as their resilience and fight during my time as interim head coach.  We shall continue to strive for professionalism and excellence in all aspects of our program as we move forth on this journey.”

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