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Kenny Dillingham Learning From D-backs Success to Build ASU

Kenny Dillingham is a huge fan of what the D-backs are doing. He loves how they have built their team and trusted the process.

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Dillingham, a lifelong Arizona fan, would watch the Diamondback’s runs when he was coaching nationwide. No matter where he was, he was watching. However, he knew how bad that team was two years ago.

“I remember, two years ago, when I was watching them in Tallahassee, Florida.” Dillingham said, “I’d put on the games and be like “Golly, we are horrible.” Right, that’s what it is, we were horrible.”

However, the D-backs grew, and they never waivered from their process. Dillingham believes that’s what makes a team successful.

“You see the growth, and there was never a waiver. All these young guys are playing, oh, we are not having success.” Dillingham said, “There was never a waiver. You listen to even their staff talk and their organization talk. They had a plan and process that not everybody liked. It’s not fun, but they stayed true to it. Even this year, there were times when it was rocky, but they stayed true to the process.”

Dillingham especially loves the now infamous quote by Manager Torey Lovullo, where he said, “A connected team is a dangerous team.”

“I think what the coach said after they won two series ago. “A connected team is a dangerous team.” I mean, that quote resonates with me. That’s what our program is about. It’s about relationships, culture, and being connected, and as it grows and grows and grows, you see what it becomes.”

Dillingham also brought up his connection with Starting Pitcher Merrill Kelly.

“My wife dances with Merrill Kelly’s wife, so I’ve known them for a long time.” Dillingham said, “It’s super cool to see him having the success he’s having being an ASU alum, and it’s just awesome to see.”

Kenny Dillingham ended his press conference with two words that the state of Arizona can all agree on.

“Go D-backs.”

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