By: Rick Bender and the ABCA
HANOVER, N.H. — The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) today announced that Dartmouth Baseball Head Coach Bob Whalen has been elected as the organization’s Fourth Vice President for 2021. Whalen is a 40-year continuous ABCA Member and currently serves as the Sergeant-at-Arms for the ABCA’s Executive Committee as well as Chair of the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award Committee.
The first Ivy League coach in a number of years to be elected as a Vice President, Whalen was nominated for the position by the ABCA Board of Directors and confirmed via e-mail ballot by the membership. Upon assuming his position as Fourth Vice President at the conclusion of the 2021 ABCA Convention (to be held virtually in early January), he will remain as the Chair of the Lefty Gomez Committee and continue to serve on the Executive Committee in addition to serving on the ABCA Board of Directors.
Whalen has been the head coach at Dartmouth since 1990 following eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Maine under legendary coach John Winkin, who served as the original Chairman of the Board of Directors for the ABCA from 1983-86. The 31-year Big Green veteran has accumulated 602 victories in his collegiate head coaching career along with two Ivy League titles and 11 conference divisional crowns. He has also mentored 24 players who were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, four of whom have reached the big leagues, most recently Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks ’12 and Baltimore Orioles reliever Cole Sulser ’12.
In addition to his collegiate head coaching career, Whalen has managed the Chatham A’s of the Cape Cod Baseball League and spent the summer of 1997 as the Business Manager for Team USA.