Editor’s note: This is the 12th in an offseason series profiling the region’s Division 1 baseball programs.
No New England Division 1 head coach has spent as much time in his current dugout as Dartmouth’s Bob Whalen, the 31st-year skipper who became just the fifth Ivy League coach in any sport to win 600 career games last May 5. Over the course of his storied career, it has been a long time since the Big Green entered a new season in a position like this.
Dartmouth entered last season’s final weekend without at least having an opportunity to clinch an Ivy League postseason berth for the first time since 2007. With plenty of new faces expected to take the field in February, the Green’s 2020 outlook is quite a bit different as well.
“If I’ve said this before I can’t remember, but this is going to be the youngest team I’ve had in 10 or 15 years,” said Whalen. “Our shortstop (Nate Ostmo), second baseman (Sean Sullivan) and third baseman (Steffen Torgersen) have been the same guys for the last several years. They all graduated after having really good years, so more than half of our lineup is going to be brand new.”