Casey Dykes, a former Franklin High School baseball and football star, has accepted a position as a minor league hitting coach in the New York Yankees organization.
The 2008 FHS grad says the opportunity was unexpected.
“I was on vacation visiting my wife’s family in Mississippi and got a call from the Yankees,” Dykes said. “We talked and the next thing I know, a month later I’m accepting the job.”
Dykes’ success as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, as well as at Virginia Military Institute and Indiana University, is what quite possibly caught the eye of the most loved and hated organization in Major League Baseball. VMI and Indiana both set records for home runs during his short tenures and the Hoosiers recently won their first Big Ten regular season title in five years.
Leaving Indiana, where he worked under his old coach, Jeff Mercer, wasn’t easy.
“It’s kind of bittersweet, leaving a job working with some of my best friends and people I look up to, but when you’ve got a chance to work with the best organization in all of sports, it was an opportunity I had to entertain," he said. "It ended up into an incredible situation for me and my family.”
Dykes says he’s blessed to have an understanding family, including his wife, Chaney, who was a basketball player at Western Kentucky, and their two sons. Dykes says they are all excited about the new adventure.
“Our five-year anniversary is coming up this September and this will be the fourth state we’ve lived in; she’s the backbone of our family and she’s been just incredible,” he said.
Dykes will report to the Yankees’ facility in Tampa on Friday.