Dartmouth Baseball adds Jonathan Anderson to staff

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

JAndersonDuke HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth College head baseball coach Bob Whalen announced the hiring of Jonathan Anderson as an assistant coach for the Big Green this year. He will work with the outfielders and help with the hitters and recruiting in his first year at Dartmouth.

Anderson joins the staff having spent the past two years coaching at his alma mater, Duke University, where he served as the first base coach. Not only did he coach the outfielders and oversee bunting, he also helped out with the hitters and base runners. Anderson was the director of the Duke Baseball Academy camps and managed the recruiting data base, plus assisted with academic development, compliance and travel.

"I am thrilled about joining the Dartmouth College baseball program. If it were not for the success and hard work of the players and coaching staff at Duke, I would not have the opportunity to be here today. I am very grateful Coach Whalen has given me the opportunity to join the baseball program at such a prestigious college. It is an exciting time for Dartmouth baseball, and I am looking forward to working with Coach Whalen, Coach (Nicholas) Enriquez and the players to continue the success and tradition of this program."

During his first year (2008) on the coaching staff at Duke, the Blue Devils posted 37 wins, the third most in school history, and led the nation in fielding percentage at .978. Outfielder Alex Hassan received a Rawlings Gold Glove under his tutelage, and the incoming recruiting class was judged as the 25th best in the country by Baseball America.

This past year, Anderson helped Duke post its most victories in the ACC in 15 years and qualify for the ACC Tournament for the first time since the league expanded to 12 schools. Seven Blue Devils were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, and outfielder William Piwnica-Worms was named to the All-Ping Freshman Third Team.

During the summer of 2007, Anderson got his first coaching experience with the New Bern River Rats in the collegiate Coastal Plain League, working with the outfielders, throwing batting practice and coaching first base.

"Jonathan has a great baseball background coming from Miami," stated Whalen, "plus has both played and coached at a prestigious academic school in the ACC like Duke University that recruits successfully at a national level. He’s a great addition to our program."

Anderson is a 2007 graduate of Duke with a bachelor’s degree in history. A two-way player as an outfielder and pitcher, Anderson led the Blue Devils with a .313 average at the plate and 11 starts on the mound as a junior. He improved to a .337 average in his senior campaign while posting a sparkling 2.91 ERA over 52.2 innings with a 3-4 record and three saves. Anderson led Duke and was third in the nation with 20 sacrifice bunts in his final season as well, plus stole 41 bases — the 10th most in school history when he graduated — in 49 attempts in his career. Sixteen of those swipes came as a freshman to lead the team as well.

Anderson, the son of Martha and Kevin Anderson, is a native of Miami, Fla., and was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.