Legendary Brush Coach Inducted into Colorado Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame – Sterling Journal-Advocate
A Sterling High School graduate and longtime Brush teacher and coach has been inducted into the Colorado Dugout Club Coaching Hall of Fame.
Don Dillehay’s name became synonymous with coaching, and especially baseball, beginning in the late 1960s. Eventually, he would coach the Brush High School Beetdiggers to their first state baseball championship in 1991.
Dillehay came to Sterling with his family in 1955, graduating from Sterling High School in 1963. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Western State College, Dillehay began teaching and coaching at what was then Sterling Junior High in 1968. He coached nearly every sport the school had to offer, including basketball, track and field, wrestling, and soccer. During the summer, he also coached A Legion baseball.
After teaching and coaching at Sterling for two years, he returned to the West State to earn his Masters in Social Studies. In the fall of 1971, Dillehay moved to Brush, where he began teaching social studies at Brush Middle School and coaching college football, as well as high school basketball.
After his four years in college, he began teaching history at Brush High School. He coached the Beetdigger junior varsity basketball team for 29 years, posting winning records 27 times. He then served two years as a college basketball coach.
In addition to coaching basketball at Brush High School, he coached baseball. For 17 years Brush had no college baseball, however, upon his return, Dillehay signed as head coach.
In 1988 and 1990, he coached the Beetdigger baseball team to the Final Four in the playoffs. Then, in 1991, he coached his team to the state championship, beating the Eaton Reds 13-2 for the state championship.
Some of the awards Dillehay has racked up over the years include Patriot League Baseball Coach of the Year (four times); coached the All-State basketball team twice as an assistant to Coach LeRoy Needens; coached the state baseball All-Stars against the Denver All-Stars in 1992 at Mile High Stadium to victory; and was named Baseball Coach of the Year in 1991 in all Colorado classifications.
In the last six years he taught at BHS, Dillehay did not coach in high school, but coached his grandson’s Little League baseball team at Wiggins.
Dillehay retired from coaching and teaching in 2005, after 37 years of teaching and 31 years in training.
Dillehay died in 2018 at the age of 73 and was posthumously inducted into the CDCC Hall of Fame in 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no induction ceremony was held at that time; Dillehay and his fellow inductees were honored with the 2022 inductees in January.
Mark Goldsberry of Cherry Creek Mountain Vista, Carl Lindauer of Las Animas High School, Joe May of Denver, Keith McElreach of Aurora, Joe Robison of the US Air Force Academy, and Joe White of Highlands Ranch and Thunder Ridge were inducted with Dillehay in 2021. high schools.
The CDCCA was formerly known as the Colorado Baseball Coaches Association, but reformed in 2010 and established its Hall of Fame that year.