After managing the Woodinville Falcons for the past 15 seasons, Terry Agnew is retiring from the position. His replacement is longtime assistant coach Alan Dillman.
"Alan does a really nice job cultivating relationships with players," Agnew said, "I think he gets along well with them and they really respect him. He knows the game really well. He brings a lot of positive things to the program."
Dillman has been on Agnew’s Woodinville staff since 2000, and was part of the State Championship club back in 2002.
"Woodinville has always had good tradition and good players," Dillman said. "2002 was definitely not the most physically talented team we’ve ever had, but the leadership that year was remarkable."
Anyone following Woodinville baseball in recent years has seen the vocal and sometimes gruff style with which Agnew managed. Dillman spoke to the contrast.
"Terry and I had very different styles," he said. "The same goal, but how we get there is different. He’s a vocal guy who’s not afraid to get on guys. I would say that in our years coaching together, he was probably bad cop and I was good cop.
"The players felt they could come to me and talk to me. They always knew whatever they were saying would get to Terry, but maybe they thought it would soften the blow a little bit by going through me."
With spring practice beginning on March 3rd, Dillman was asked about the 2014 ball club.
"We return a lot of guys, so that’s huge," he said. "We bring back a lot of experience and a lot of guys who have a taste of playing at State last year.
"So they know what it takes and the hard work it will take to get there. And it’s just a good group, too. I probably say that most years, because as long as I’ve been here we’ve had good groups. Obviously, losing Caleb (Hamilton) hurts because he was a special guy. The new leaders have yet to be sorted out, but I would say that (catcher) Lee Wunderlich and (outfielder) Tommy Wick are two guys that are respected by their teammates and could emerge as the leaders."