Ben Hall enters his first season as the interim head baseball coach at North Carolina A&T.
Hall comes to A&T after spending three seasons with the Winthrop Eagles baseball program. During his time with the Eagles he assisted with infielders, hitters and all aspects of recruiting, which included 2014 first-team All-Big South outfielder TJ Olesczuk who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and 2013 all-conference third baseman Chad Smith.
Before accepting the post at Winthrop, Hall worked at Division II Wingate for four seasons. He started there as a graduate assistant before being promoted to an assistant coach in 2010, where he worked with hitters and infielders. In 2011, the Bulldogs finished in the top-10 in hits, doubles, home runs and slugging percentage nationally.
The Bulldogs finished 34-22, won the South Atlantic Conference Tournament and earned a bid to the Southeast Regional in 2011. Slugger Dodson McPherson was one of the best offensive players in the country, earning SAC Player of the Year. He was also named first-team All-SAC, first-team All-Southeast Region, Southeast Region Player of the Year, first-team All-American (by two different publications) and was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award which goes to the Division II player of the year.
Cory Lima is in his first season as an assistant coach for the North Carolina A&T baseball program. Lima will double as the assistant athletic director for compliance for Aggie Athletics.
In his role as an assistant for Aggies baseball, Lima, a former minor league and A&T pitcher, will serve as the Aggies pitching coach. Lima served as the Aggies fall pitching coach for three years starting in 1997. During the same time period, he was also a right-handed pitcher for various minor league teams in the Florida Marlins organization after the Marlins drafted him in the 25th of the 1997 MLB Draft. It marked the second time Lima was drafted after the Chicago Cubs took him in the 50th round out Redan High School (Ga.) in 1993.
Lima also played for various teams in independent leagues from 2000-2002 before retiring to begin his athletic administration career. Lima has served as the director of NCAA compliance and event management at the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference for three years starting in 2001.
Tyrone Dawson enters his first season as an assistant coach for North Carolina A&T baseball. Dawson, who has an extensive junior college background in coaching, will assists in recruiting and developing some of the Aggies young talent.
Dawson became an assistant coach at Chipola (Marianna, Fla.) in January of 2013. His responsibilities included coaching outfielders, assisting with the pitchers and he was the recruiting coordinator under head coach Jeff Johnson.
During his time at Chipola, the Indians recorded a 74-33 record, six players were drafted and 15 players signed Division I national letters of intent.