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U of I's Barta won't bring back baseball coach Jack Dahm

May 25, 2013 - Andy Heintz
Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta had seen enough.

Admitting that it was nothing that Jack Dahm did directly, Barta still decided to not renew Dahm’s contract to remain as Hawkeye baseball coach.

“Jack has been a first-class ambassador for the University of Iowa the past 10 years,” said Barta. “I’m grateful for the mentorship and leadership he showed his student-athletes every day.”

Dahm had been Iowa’s baseball coach for 10 years, but it was the fact that very few of his teams advanced to the Big Ten Tournament and his overall record was under .500. Another factor may have been his reluctance to recruit and land the best players in the state of Iowa. And not snatching up JUCO players from powerhouse Indian Hills, Iowa Western and Kirkwood may also have played a role.

The search for a new coach will begin immediately. And also said the search will involve national candidates.

“Hawkeye baseball has a rich history and tradition,” said Barta. “We will look for someone who has demonstrated success competitively and academically, and someone who fits the culture at the University of Iowa.”

If I am Barta, I reach out to Kansas State hitting coach Mike Clement. Clement is an Iowa native and the brother of Major League Baseball player Jeff Clement.

The Wildcats offense is among the best in the Big 12 this year. And his background in baseball wouldn’t be matched by many other candidates.

I am not sure if Mike Clement would be interested in coming back to Iowa, but he grew up rooting for the Hawkeyes and could be looking for that step up to a head coaching position.

And there is a strong core of players returning to Iowa City, including position players Jake Yacinich and Eric Toole as well as former ace pitcher Sasha Kuebel. Toole was recently named to the all-Big Ten second team.


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