Dahm: 'The No. 1 emphasis is winning'
IOWA CITY — The bottom line for Jack Dahm was the bottom line.
After compiling a 235-302 record over 10 years, Dahm will not return next year as Iowa’s baseball coach. He compiled just two winning seasons in his tenure — 31-23 (2007) and 30-28 (2010) — finished 22-27 this season.
“The bottom line is (athletics director) Gary (Barta) wants everybody to win,” Dahm told The Gazette. “The No. 1 emphasis is winning. He told that to the coaches, we need to win. Iowa baseball did not win enough under my direction, and I think Gary’s making a statement there.”
Dahm reached the Big Ten Tournament just three times in his career and the last trip was in 2010, where the Hawkeyes finished second. On the heels of a 23-27 record in 2012, he received a one-year contract for the 2013 season.
“They were very up front with me last year when I met with (associate athletics director) Fred (Mims) and Gary that they wanted to see some progress,” Dahm said. “That’s why they only did the one-year deal.
“It doesn’t surprise me. I knew a couple of weeks ago, I could tell. I can read people pretty well and I could tell two weeks ago when I met with Gary that it was a done deal.”
Iowa struggled to improve this year, coping with injuries to top players and rarely practicing outside in the rough weather this spring.
Barta met multiple times with Dahm this spring, but said he didn’t make the final decision until Wednesday. He described Dahm as a “first-class ambassador” for baseball, but a change was needed to revive the program.
“We’ve been talking the last couple of years about the need to win more games,” Barta said. “That’s been an ongoing conversation the last couple of years. But looking over the whole body of work over 10 years, needing to be more consistent. Needing to be in the top half of the Big Ten on a more consistent basis.“I just happened to be watching the Big Ten Network today and the tournament up at Target Field. We’ve been left out the last three years. Just looking at the total body of work over 10 years and where I’d like our program to be, and I just decided it’s time for a change.”