March 2013

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New Faces Inject New Life By James Allan F or only the second time in University of Iowa head coach Jack Dahm���s tenure, there has been a shake-up in the Hawkeye baseball coaching staff, and Dahm sees it as an opportunity to inject energy into a young team. ���Change is good sometimes,��� said Dahm, who is in his 10th season as head coach at the UI. ���It���s something that can shoot a little life into a program. We���re going to be the same program, do a lot of the same things��� we���ll just have different coaches.��� Zach Dillon rejoins the Hawkeyes as a full-time assistant after serving the 2012 season as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater Baylor. Dillon, who served as a volunteer assistant at Iowa in 2010 and 2011, will be the team���s hitting coach. ���I am excited about what Zach has done for our hitters and catchers,��� said Dahm. ���Zach has a tremendous baseball IQ and is an excellent teacher.��� Veteran head coach Jim Brownlee joins the Hawkeyes as the interim pitching coach, returning to the college game after retiring at Illinois State in 2009. During his 30 years as a head coach, Brownlee won 854 games. old, and that will be infectious. I competed against him for a long time in the Missouri Valley Conference, and not only is he going to be good for our pitchers, but he���ll be good for our position players and staff.��� Even with a roster comprised of nearly all underclassmen, Dahm has been pleased with how the players have handled change. ���I give credit to our players, we probably had the best fall that we���ve had in nine years, and yet we had a lot of adversity and change,��� said Dahm. ���The way they handled that is exciting heading into the spring because you have to deal with adversity.��� While 24 of the 33-man roster are freshmen and sophomores, Dahm says the Hawkeyes have strong seniors to turn to for leadership. ���We���re a very young team with some very experienced seniors,��� said Dahm, who is three wins shy of 500 for his career. ���I like the mix of our program right now. We have really competitive and driven guys. There are going to be some ups and downs, but by the end of the season, I think you���re going to see a competitive team that will make a push at the Big Ten championship.��� ���Bringing in coach Brownlee is going to be a tremendous experience for our guys,��� said Dahm. ���He���s 67 years old, but his energy level is that of a 24-year- 29

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