New Hampshire Hardball

Dartmouth adds to staff

HANOVER — Dartmouth baseball coach Bob Whalen has announced the hiring of Mike Odenwaelder as an assistant coach for the Big Green in 2021-22.

For the past four seasons, Odenwaelder served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Amherst, during which the Mammoths posted a 53-31-1 overall record and 22-13 mark in the NESCAC with a pair of conference crowns in 2018 and ’21. His duties at Amherst included managing the hitters, pitchers and position players, constructing lineups in conjunction with the other coaches, coordinating all recruiting efforts and overseeing the team’s baseball camp as its director.

Odenwaelder also served as the field manager for the North Shore Navigators in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2019, earning FCBL Manager of the Year accolades. The previous summer, he was the head coach and co-program manager for the East Coast Clippers, a travel team stationed in Raleigh, N.C.

Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 16th round of the 2015 MLB Draft after his junior year, Odenwaelder played in the organization for two seasons before taking a position at IMG Academy working in the basketball operations department.

As a player at Amherst, Odenwaelder was a part of some of the program’s most successful baseball seasons. He helped the Mammoths reach the NCAA Division III Regionals in each of his three campaigns, winning the NESCAC Rookie of the Year honor before garnering the conference’s Player of the Year award and All-America honors twice each, as well as an ABCA Gold Glove Award for good measure.

Following his professional career, Odenwaelder returned to Amherst to complete his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in 2018 and has since earned his masters in sport management from UMass.

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