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Dickey Hightower is entering his fifth season as head softball coach at Wesleyan College. He was hired in December of 2011 after spending over 30 years coaching fast pitch softball in the state of Georgia. He has coached at many different levels, from youth leagues to college. He came to Wesleyan after spending six years at Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia. Before that, he was the assistant coach under Bob Heck at Georgia State University.
When Hightower started at Wesleyan, he was committed to establishing a competitive D-III softball program, and based on last year’s record and the returning players for the 2016 campaign, the Wolves are starting to show signs of becoming a force in the GSAC conference this year and a competitive newcomer in the USA South in 2017.
Coach Hightower believes that with aggressive recruiting, Wesleyan can become a team that will reflect positively on Wesleyan and the athletic program in general. He spends a great deal of time recruiting in the southeast, which is being reflected in the caliber of softball players that are finding a good academic and athletic home at Wesleyan. He not only wants his players to excel on the diamond but to get a great education and excel in the classroom. The continuing improvement of the GPA of the softball team shows the discipline and dedication of his players.
Hightower is a native Georgian, growing up in DeKalb County and attending Druid Hills High School. After high school, he attended Virginia Military Institute and graduated in 1965 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a high school football, basketball and baseball player and a four year member of the VMI baseball team. As he likes to say, he played quite a bit of high school football and baseball and also college baseball, but a good amount of his basketball career was sitting on the bench keeping the coach company.
Hightower now resides in Eatonton, Georgia, with his wife Barbara. They have seven children and 12 grandkids.