Former Hawkeye Dusty Napolean is finishing his degree while working with the UI baseball team
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Dusty Napoleon completed his first season as undergraduate assistant baseball coach at the University of Iowa in 2012.
Napoleon played at Iowa from 2006-07 before being drafted by Oakland in the 19th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. He played at all four minor league levels from 2007-2010 and made it to the Triple A level in 2010.
As a Hawkeye, Napoleon appeared in 105 games and made 100 starts. The former catcher and first baseman led the team with 34 RBIs and tied for the team lead with two home runs in 2006 as a freshman. In 2007, Napoleon ranked third on the team with a .354 batting average. He ranked first on the team in RBI (56), walks (50), on-base percentage (.506) and was second with 12 doubles, 44 runs scored and 62 hits.
"We are excited to have Dusty back in the program," said Dahm. "Any time you can get former alumni back with the program, it is definitely a positive. Dusty just got done playing pro ball with the Oakland A's and had an outstanding career in professional baseball. He is going to be working with our catchers and helping Coach (Ryan) Brownlee with our hitters."