Meet Samford’s Head Baseball Coach

“When you talk about memories from a college experience, my fond memories always go back to the people I was with.”

Story by Rhys Ferguson and Photo by Brit Huckabay

In Casey Dunn’s 15th season as Samford University’s head baseball coach, he was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a 41-19  record and winning the program’s first Southern Conference regular season title. “It was a great year for our guys. It was the first time we’ve won the regular season conference title since we’ve been in the Southern Conference,” says Dunn. “While we’ve won the conference tournament a couple of times, this was our first regular season championship, so for our kids to accomplish something that had never been done at Samford before—it was a great year to say the least.”

            Dunn grew up in Vestavia where his father, Sammy Dunn, was the Vestavia Hills High School head baseball coach for 26 years. Dunn learned a lot from his father and applies those lessons to not just his job but in his life as well. “I think the two biggest things I learned from him was first to have a work ethic,” Dunn says. “Anytime you have the opportunity to succeed, you have to put in the time. The other thing was the importance of having a well-rounded knowledge. I think coming from a father who was a high school coach and then beginning myself at a high school, you’re required to have a true knowledge of all aspects of the game. So much in the collegiate and professional game, people tend to get focused in on one aspect of the game, but I think coming out of the high school stage and coming from my father’s program, I understand the importance of having a truly well-rounded knowledge of the game.”

            After graduating from Vestavia, Dunn played catcher at Auburn University from 1996 to 1999 where he earned All-American honors, led the Tigers to a 1997 College World Series appearance, and won the Cliff Hare award for the school’s top male athlete. When asked what he enjoyed most about his time at Auburn, Dunn says he always enjoyed the people on The Plains. “I was very fortunate to play for a quality group of coaches and a great group of guys,” says Dunn, “When you talk about memories from a college experience, my fond memories always go back to the people I was with.”

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