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Dahm takes over Mount Mercy baseball

A familiar face to the eastern Iowa baseball community took over the reins of the Mount Mercy baseball program this summer when Jack Dahm was named head coach of the Mustangs in June.

“The excitement of the new athletic complex at Mount Mercy can only be exceeded by the hiring of Jack Dahm,” said Athletics Director Scot Reisinger. “His baseball knowledge and experience, combined with his commitment to the academic success of the student-athletes he coaches, make him a perfect fit to lead our baseball program.”

Dahm led the Iowa Hawkeyes from 2003-13, guiding them to three Big Ten tournaments and a runner-up finish in 2010. It was Iowa’s highest finish at the tournament in nearly 30 years. He left the coaching ranks a year ago, but was anxious to get back in the dugout.

“After 24 years of coaching, I wasn’t sure it was what I wanted to continue doing,” Dahm said. “But covering games for the Big Ten Network had me out there talking with coaches and involved with the game. I missed it.”

He had other chances this summer, including opportunities at some NCAA Division I programs, but, according to Dahm, “Timing is everything. This is an exciting time for Mount Mercy with a new facility on the horizon. I didn’t want to move my family and I’ll get the opportunity to coach my son, Casey.

“Mount Mercy has had success in baseball, you can win here. And I want to start from within. This is a place that local kids can come and get a great education. Our goal is to win. Win from an academic standpoint, from a social standpoint and from a baseball standpoint.”

Prior to his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Dahm was head coach at Creighton from 1993-2003. The Bluejays made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and Dahm was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

“Jack Dahm has had a fabulous coaching career and we could not be more enthused about his accomplishments,” said Mount Mercy President Laurie Hamen, J.D. “As we build a new home field advantage, Jack matches the excellence we achieve in sports with student achievement.”

As head baseball coach and coordinator of athletic fundraising, making the Mount Mercy Athletic Complex a reality will be a top priority for Dahm. “The opportunity to do athletic fundraising is very intriguing,” said Dahm. “The timing of this, with the new facility, is perfect. I’ve done fundraising, marketing, public speaking. I’ve raised money at Creighton and at Iowa, and it’s something I embrace.”

 

Written by Jason Furler

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