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Dillon Haire commits to Point Park baseball

Aug. 18, 2009

PITTSBURGH - Point Park University baseball coach Loren Torres announced Tuesday that Dillon Haire, a catcher from North Port, Fla., has committed to the university. Haire will be a freshman on the Pioneers' baseball team next season.


Haire (pictured above) was a three-year starting catcher at North Port High School, where he graduated in 2009. He helped the Bobcats to a 19-7 record and a 10-game win streak in 2009. In 2008, North Port reached the finals of the district tournament and the quarterfinals of the Florida 5-A tournament.

"Dillon has a superb work ethic, and he is a quality student as well as a quality athlete," said Torres, who was hired as Point Park's head baseball coach July 9. "This acquisition will help us move closer to having a strong seasong in 2010, and it will add depth to our team.

"Haire comes from a quality high school program and a very competitive district in Florida, which will help him adjust to the college scene."

The right-handed hitting catcher received North Port's AUGE Award in 2009. The award is given to the player who gives 'All You Got Every day.' He was the Bobcats' Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, and the team's Most Improved Player in 2007.

Haire's hometown is Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and he spent his freshman season playing for Pigeon Forge High School. The Tigers placed third in the state in Class 3-A.

Haire had a GPA of 3.0 in high school.

Haire joins his high school teammate, Robert Novia, as a recruit who has committed to Point Park baseball. Novia, an outfielder, was a three-year starter and an All-Sarasota County performer at North Port. Torres inked Novia as his first recruit at Point Park on July 31.

Torres, a native of Miami, Fla., spent five years as the head coach at Judson (Ill.) University from 2003-07.

Point Park is located in downtown Pittsburgh and is a member of the NAIA and the American Mideast Conference. The Pioneers have a long tradition of baseball success, which includes 10 appearances in the NAIA World Series and an all-time record of 1,054-578-9 (.645).