GRAND FORKS, N.D. University of North Dakota Athletic Director Brian Faison said today that Jeff Dodson has been named UND’s head baseball coach. Dodson has been an assistant coach for the last five seasons at Southeast Missouri State, an NCAA Division I school in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
At Southeast Missouri State, Dodson served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach Mark Hogan, who is Southeast’s all-time winningest baseball coach. Prior to his stint at Southeast Missouri, Dodson spent seven seasons as the head coach at Martin Methodist College, an NAIA school in Pulaski, Tenn. Dodson produced a 190-144 record at Martin Methodist, including four winning seasons in his last five.
Dodson will begin his duties at UND on July 7.
Faison said Dodson would be an outstanding addition to UND’s coaching staff.
“We are excited that coach Dodson wanted to be the head coach at UND,” Faison said. “Jeff is a highly respected recruiter and a real competitor. He has an incredible passion for the game.”
“I am thrilled to be the new head coach at the University of North Dakota,” Dodson said. “It is not often that you get to be on the ground floor of building a Division I program, and I look forward to the challenge. I would like to thank Athletic Director Brian Faison for giving me the opportunity to build on the UND baseball tradition and establish another fine Division I athletic program for UND. I would also like to thank Mark Hogan and Southeast Missouri State for giving me my first D-I coaching experience.”
Hogan said Dodson was an outstanding selection as head coach.
“Coach Dodson has done an incredible job for us here at SEMO,” Hogan said. “The University of North Dakota baseball program is going to be on the move with his leadership. He is a great hire while you are in transition to NCAA D-I.”
Southeast Missouri State’s 2008 recruiting class was ranked 91st in the nation by Collegiate Baseball, and Dodson recruited and signed three All-Americans Brad Smith, Nick Harris and Jim Klocke since joining the Southeast coaching staff in 2004.
This past season the Redhawks finished 26-26 overall and 12-13 (sixth) in the Ohio Valley Conference and advanced to the conference tournament championship round before falling to Eastern Illinois.
While at Martin Methodist, Dodson coached four players into the professional ranks. During his tenure, seven players were named All-Americans, eight all-region, and 35 all-conference. In 2000, his pitching staff led the NAIA with a national-best 3.11 earned run average, and pitcher John Ogiltree was named TranSouth pitcher of the year and a first-team All-American. That same year, Dodson’s team broke the school record for wins, finishing with a 42-16 mark.
While Dodson was head coach, his Martin Methodist teams broke nearly every school record and in 2003 his team qualified for the NAIA Region XI postseason tournament with an overall record of 35-20.
Before Martin Methodist, Dodson was head coach at Bevill State Community College for two seasons (1995-96).
Dodson also served as an associate scout with the Philadelphia Phillies from 2001-2003. Three of his players from Bevill went on to play professional baseball and 12 went on to a four-year program.
Thirty-eight of his former players have gone on to become coaches.
Dodson earned his associate’s degree in physical education from Bevill State in 1989, his bachelor’s degree in the same field from Livingston University in 1993, and his master’s degree from Emporia State in 2002.