Jonathan Anderson joined the Big Green as an assistant coach for the fall of 2009. Now in his third season at Dartmouth, he works with the outfielders and helps with the hitters and recruiting.
Dartmouth has enjoyed terrific success with Anderson on the staff, winning Rolfe Division titles in each of his first two seasons, an Ivy Championship in 2010 that brought about a berth in an NCAA Regional. The Big Green went on to win a game in Coral Gables, Fla., defeating FIU, 15-9, the first Dartmouth victory at a regional in 23 years. In addition, center fielder Jake Carlson earned second-team All-Ivy honors while committing just one error all year.
In 2011, Anderson mentored outfielder Sam Bean ’11 who earned a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team. The outfielders as a group were the envy of the league as they committed a total of one error all season, while two of them ranked among the top three in the league in fielding chances without an error.
Anderson spent the 2008-09 campaiogns coaching at his alma mater, Duke University, where he served as the first base coach. Not only did he coach the outfielders and oversee bunting, he also helped out with the hitters and base runners. Anderson was the director of the Duke Baseball Academy camps and managed the recruiting data base, plus assisted with academic development, compliance and travel.
“Jonathan has a great baseball background coming from Miami,” stated Whalen, “plus has both played and coached at a prestigious academic school in the ACC like Duke University that recruits successfully at a national level. He has been a great addition to our program.”
During his first year (2008) on the coaching staff at Duke, the Blue Devils posted 37 wins, the third most in school history, and led the nation in fielding percentage at .978. Outfielder Alex Hassan received a Rawlings Gold Glove under his tutelage, and the incoming recruiting class was judged as the 25th best in the country by Baseball America.
In 2009, Anderson helped Duke post its most victories in the ACC in 15 years and qualify for the ACC Tournament for the first time since the league expanded to 12 schools. Seven Blue Devils were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, and outfielder William Piwnica-Worms was named to the All-Ping Freshman Third Team.
During the summer of 2007, Anderson got his first coaching experience with the New Bern River Rats in the collegiate Coastal Plain League, working with the outfielders, throwing batting practice and coaching first base.
Anderson is a 2007 graduate of Duke with a bachelor’s degree in history. A two-way player as an outfielder and pitcher, Anderson led the Blue Devils with a .313 average at the plate and 11 starts on the mound as a junior. He improved to a .337 average in his senior campaign while posting a sparkling 2.91 ERA over 52.2 innings with a 3-4 record and three saves. Anderson led Duke and was third in the nation with 20 sacrifice bunts in his final season as well, plus stole 41 bases — the 10th most in school history when he graduated — in 49 attempts in his career. Sixteen of those swipes came as a freshman to lead the team as well.
Anderson, the son of Martha and Kevin Anderson, is a native of Miami, Fla., and was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.