The Vikings have a new leader on the diamond.
Well, maybe not so new to a few of the varsity baseball players, but former JV coach Caleb Dalman is now the man in charge of the Marysville baseball program.
With former coach Shawn Winston stepping aside, Dalman is jumping in with an illustrious baseball résumé.
Taking it all the way back, Dalman was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to America to start high school. Pretty hard to find a more baseball-crazed country to grow up in.
“Talent-wise there are good players no matter where you go, but in Venezuela the biggest thing is usually baseball is a way out to get out of the country,” Dalman said. “Everything from little league on up is teaching you how to be a major leaguer.”
Dalman climbed as high as playing at Wayne State for five seasons, then coaching for a season at Pinconning before coming to Marysville as a JV coach.
Even though the season has yet to get rolling, Dalman’s knowledge of the game has reached his players since taking over in November.
“He just has so much knowledge about the game and it’s phenomenal how much he knows,” senior Travis Disser said. “The biggest thing he’s taught us so far is the techniques and using the whole body in the swing instead of just the upper body.”
The Vikings – who are coming off a 10-20 season – are already setting high goals for themselves in Dalman’s first season. The words “state championship” are already being thrown around, but with nine returning players from last year’s team, the Vikings believe they have the players to make such run.
Part of that, Dalman said, is because many of the seniors on the squad were around for the highs of the 2013 MAC Blue title and the lows of many close losses last season.
“We have a pretty big senior class, I believe we have 10 seniors on the team this year,” Dalman said. “It’s definitely one that’s senior-led … some of these seniors, it will be their fourth year on the team.”