New Hampshire Hardball

Burke joins Dartmouth staff

HANOVER — Dartmouth head coach Bob Whalen has announced the hiring of Dallas Burke as an assistant coach for the Big Green. Burke joined the staff following a five-year stint as a volunteer assistant for the Penn State Nittany Lions and began his duties with the team earlier this week.  

“I am excited to have Dallas join our staff and work with our hitters and the offensive side of the game,” Whalen said. “His college coaching background and success in the Big Ten has provided him with tremendous experience that I expect him to put to good use with our players on the field.” 

During his time with the Nittany Lions, Burke worked primarily with the team’s hitters and catchers. In five seasons (2019-2023) with Penn State, he assisted four hitters who were selected in the MLB Draft, including Matt Wood, the highest-selected position player in program history. 

Burke’s tenure with Penn State featured dramatic improvements in offensive performance, particularly in the power department as the Nittany Lions registered 20 more homers in his final year of 2023 (44) than in 2019 (24). Penn State also saw a bump in several statistical categories, most notably batting average, hits and OPS. 

Penn State showed improvement in team performance during Burke’s tenure as a volunteer assistant. In 2022, reached the postseason for the first time in 10 years, and the following year they opened the season with a victory over then-No. 22 Miami, 9-5, en route to a 25-25 campaign.

Prior to his time in University Park, Burke spent the 2018 season as a volunteer assistant at West Virginia. During his season with the Mountaineers, WVU made a run to the Big 12 Tournament semifinals and closed the campaign with a 29-27 record. Burke was also a volunteer assistant at Bowling Green in 2017.  

As a student-athlete, earned Freshman All-Big Ten honors at Iowa while hitting .367 in conference contests.  

Following a transfer to Missouri Southern State, Burke served as a utility player for the Lions. In 2011, he was named to the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) First Team while leading the team in batting (.392) and tyig for the team lead with 60 hits. Burke earned All-MIAA status again in 2013 as he helped MSSU earn its first conference championship in 21 years.  

Burke graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor’s degree in history.


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