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2019 EAST COAST Inside Baseball Coaches Clinic Features DUKE UNIVERSITY Assistant Coach Dusty Blake
Assistant coach Dusty Blake joined the Duke baseball staff in December of 2017. As the team's pitching coach, Blake handles the day-to-day operations for Duke pitchers in addition to managing scouting reports and organizing the program's community service projects.
As the head coach at Pfeiffer, an NCAA Division II program, Blake led the Falcons to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2003-04 with consecutive appearances in the conference tournament championship game. He was also responsible for the fundraising campaign that resulted in a new covered batting cage, digitally designed windscreen and padded backstop, practice infield, field lights, and outdoor weight training station. As associate athletic director, Blake was responsible for the oversight of all the Falcons' athletic facilities including daily maintenance, upgrades and improvements.
Prior to his time with the Falcons, Blake spent the 2012 season at USC Upstate, managing the Spartans' pitching staff while also responsible for recruiting, practice planning, and strength and conditioning. Under Blake's guidance, USC Upstate won 33 games as well as decreased its walk total and increased its strikeout total. From 2008-11, Blake served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Wofford College. Blake's coaching career began at Pfeiffer in 2005 when he served as the Falcons' pitching coach and outfield instructor. He then spent two seasons as the pitching coach at Catawba College as well as coaching the Asheboro Copperheads of the Coastal Plain League during the summer of 2007.
Since 2012, Blake has served on the advisory board for Baseball for Life, a non-profit organization that hosts free clinics, repairs fields, provides equipment and offers mentorship opportunities within the Charlotte community. Blake graduated from Appalachian State University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in physical education while also playing baseball for the Mountaineers from 1999-2003. He received his master's degree in organizational business and leadership from Pfeiffer in 2006.
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