Dillinger to become AD at Eupora

Adam Dillinger
Staff Writer

Adam Dillinger is headed north on Highway 9.
Dillinger, the longtime Ackerman/Choctaw County head football coach and athletic director, who stepped down after last season, will be the new athletic director at Eupora. Other roles could possibly await Dillinger with the Eagles as well, but for now, the only certainty is that he’ll be the leader of the tradition-rich Eupora athletic department.
Dillinger has spent the last 11 years and 16 years total in Choctaw County. For much of his time, Eupora was one of his fiercest rivals before Ackerman and Weir consolidated to form Choctaw County High School. The rivalry has been somewhat renewed in recent seasons, but now Dillinger will be a part of it from the other side.
“It’s just going to be a change,” Dillinger said. “(Eupora is) a really good school and, in all honesty, there’s not a lot of difference between Ackerman and Eupora. We’re looking forward to the transition and a new beginning somewhere.”
Dillinger knows a thing or two about guiding athletic programs to success. As both a football and baseball coach over the course of his career, Dillinger has overseen numerous playoff runs and competed for state titles. He hopes to keep on overseeing victories at Eupora.
Meanwhile, Ben Ashley was hired in February to fill Dillinger’s old roles of football coach and athletic director in Choctaw County. Ashley began his tenure with the Chargers with a solid foundation laid by Dillinger.
Dillinger said he’ll always think fondly of his time and work in Choctaw County.
“It has been a great period of our life,” Dillinger said. “I met my wife (in Ackerman). I got my start pretty much here. We’ve had a lot of success and it has been my home since 1999. It has been a great place and it has always been important to me and our family. We’ll always have great memories of our time here.”