In seven seasons at the helm of the Meridian Community College baseball program, Dillon Sudduth has continued the proud tradition of Eagle baseball. MCC has remained one of the MACJC’s premier teams, earning postseason berths and consistently finishing at the top of MACJC standings with an overall MACJC winning percentage of 74% as head coach. With 207 wins over the course of his first seven seasons, the Eagles have been a model of consistency averaging 30 wins a year during Sudduth’s tenure. During his twelve years coaching at MCC, the Eagles have one Region 23 championship; have finished Region 23 runner up three times, along with an MACJC Tournament championship.
Named head coach of the Meridian CC baseball program at the age of 27, Sudduth began his career serving as MCC’s top assistant for five years before being promoted to the head job.
The Eagles’ success under Sudduth has garnered national recognition for MCC, having been nationally ranked every season and reaching as high as #4 in the country while remaining nationally ranked for the entirety of the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Sudduth has overseen close to $1,000,000 dollars’ worth of additions and facility renovations throughout his time at MCC. The Smith-Williams Fieldhouse features a new player’s clubhouse, coaches offices, and a tradition room honoring all the former Eagles, also a new hitting facility was constructed, and covered chair back grandstands have all been completed since being named head coach.
In 12 total seasons at MCC, Sudduth has coached 5 All-Americans, 8 Academic All-Americans, had a player selected to represent the NJCAA USA National Team, coached the school’s all-time leader in single-season and career home runs, a Ferris Award winner, signed a first-round MLB Draft pick, and had numerous All-Conference honorees. 105 players have gone on to four-year schools and twenty-six players have been drafted by Major League Baseball during Sudduth’s time at MCC. His biggest player development success story is highlighted by current Pittsburgh Pirate Corey Dickerson who was named a 2017 MLB All-Star and won the 2018 Gold Glove.
Previously, Sudduth served as the Eagles’ primary hitting coach while working extensively with the MCC infielders. He also served as the third-base coach during games, and the program’s recruiting coordinator, among other duties during his five seasons as an assistant under former coach and current UALR Head Coach Chris Curry.
Sudduth’s program has taken pride in classroom success and serving in the community. The Eagles have never had under a 3.0 team GPA in his tenure, peaking at a 3.42 GPA finishing fourth in the NJCAA in 2018. His teams have accumulated over 200 community service hours a year and were named the Special Olympics Volunteers of the Year in 2015. Sudduth along with team chaplain’s Justin Busby and Chris Thomas have led nearly 25 players on short term mission trips to the Dominican Republic.
Sudduth, originally from Madison, Miss., was a two-sport star in football and an All-State baseball player at Madison Central High School. He began his coaching career after completing his collegiate playing career at Southeastern Louisiana under Jay Artigues, where he was a two-year starter as an infielder in 2006-07. As a senior, Sudduth was voted the “Teammate of the Year” by his peers. Prior to his time in Hammond, Sudduth played infield for two years at MCC under Mike Federico, the current Louisiana-Monroe head coach and Chad Caillet, the current Southern Miss Associate Head Coach, where the Eagles played in the JUCO World Series and also captured an MACJC Championship as a sophomore.
Sudduth earned his degree in Business Management from Southeastern Louisiana and also holds an MBA from Delta State. He and his wife, Miranda, are the parents of one son, Walker.