David Finalizes Samford Baseball Coaching Staff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – New Samford head baseball coach Tony David finalized his coaching staff with three additions, David announced Friday.
 
Former Samford and professional baseball player T.J. Dixon will be a volunteer assistant coach on the staff. Carlisle Koestler, a member of Mississippi State’s 2021 national championship team, will serve as the director of baseball operations. Former Major League Baseball player Marlon Anderson has been hired as the director of player development.
 
Dixon, Koestler and Anderson join David, associate head coach/recruiting coordinator Tyler Shrout and assistant coach Brad Moss on the 2022 Samford baseball coaching staff.
 
“We are so blessed with the coaching staff we have assembled, which has been completed with these three additions,” David said. “I will put our staff as a whole against any in the country at identifying talent and making players better. These guys all have baseball experience at the highest of levels having played professionally with T.J. and Marlon, and winning a College World Series championship with Carlisle. I am excited for our players, program and Samford University. There is no place like Samford. We are elated to keep this thing moving forward.”
 
Dixon was a standout at Samford from 2014 to 2017. He holds the school career records for games played with 232, runs scored with 188 and at-bats with 895. For his career, he batted .295 with 38 doubles, 15 triples, six home runs and 116 RBI. He was named to the SoCon’s All-Freshman team in 2014, and he earned All-SoCon Tournament team honors in 2017.
 
Dixon was selected in the 24th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. Dixon spent the 2017 season with the Elizabethton Twins, hitting .259 with 19 RBI and a .333 slugging percentage that season.
 
“T.J. was an incredible player for us for four years that still holds several records and was one of our many guys to be drafted and have a pro career,” David said. “He has tremendous passion for our university and baseball program and a strong desire to return here. He will be a huge asset for our guys and program. He has a tremendous understanding of the game that will help our hitters, baserunners and outfielders develop from the minute they arrive on campus.”
 
Koestler, a right-handed pitcher, spent time at Mississippi State, Southeastern Louisiana and Hinds Community College during his seven-year collegiate career. He helped those teams to 237 wins, including MSU’s first-ever College World Series title in 2021. He pitched 38 innings, posting a 4.26 ERA on MSU’s championship squad.
 
As a junior at Southeastern Louisiana, Koestler led the team in wins, ERA and strikeouts, and was named second team All-Southland Conference. He was also a standout academically, earning Southland Conference All-Academic, SEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Southland Commissioner’s Honor Roll distinction.
 
“Carlisle comes to us fresh off of winning a national championship at Mississippi State and he is as highly recommended as you can be,” David said. “He has been around great baseball minds and performed as a player at the highest of levels of our college game. He arrives on campus ready to hit the ground running with the technology aspect of the program that will allow us to take immediate advantage of these additions. It is already clear that our guys will be better players because Carlisle is a member of this staff and will be a rising star.”
 
Anderson played at the Major League level for the Philadelphia Phillies (1998-2002), Tampa Bay Rays (2003), St. Louis Cardinals (2004), New York Mets (2005, 2007-09), Washington Nationals (2006) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-07). He posted a career .265 batting average, driving in 371 runs. Anderson has professional coaching experience as well, working as a hitting coach with the Hagerstown Suns in 2011 and 2012 and with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2018.
 
Anderson, a native of Montgomery, played collegiately at South Alabama. As a senior, he batted .357 with 13 home runs, and was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, and a first team All-American. Anderson was drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1995 MLB Draft.
 
“Marlon’s experience and knowledge of the game at all levels gives our program an asset that few have,” David said. “He played in the big leagues for over a decade after a brilliant college career that was built on both speed and power. And you don’t play that long in Major League Baseball without a ton of knowledge to go with great ability.  He also brings professional coaching experience from the Mets organization. We played together in college and have a good history. He is an incredible guy that will play a huge role in helping our guys get better.”
 
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