Dec. 12, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former Hawkeye Brian Furlong, the owner/director of Elite Baseball Performance, has been hired as the University of Iowa baseball program’s director of baseball operations, UI head coach Jack Dahm announced Wednesday.
In the newly-created role, Furlong will serve as the director of the Iowa Baseball Academy, while serving as the team’s video and travel coordinator and assisting with on-campus recruiting.
“We’re very excited to have Brian as a part of our staff,” said UI head coach Jack Dahm. “He will have a big input into our program. He’s an Iowa City native that finished his career at the University of Iowa. He has tremendous connections throughout the state with the work he’s done in the baseball community.”
Furlong has owned or operated baseball academies since graduating from the University of Iowa.
Furlong played for the Hawkeyes in 2004 and 2005. He also competed at Iowa State in 2001, Triton College in 2002 and Creighton, under Dahm, in 2003.
Furlong was recognized academically in all three conferences. He was a Big 12 Scholar Athlete at Iowa State, a Missouri Valley Conference Scholar Athlete at Creighton and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree with the Hawkeyes. He also earned the Iowa’s Coaches’ Award in 2005.
As a prep at Iowa City High, Furlong was an elite all-state selection as a senior. He was also a two-time all-state, all-district and all-conference selection. As a senior, he went 7-1 on the mound with a school record 0.37 ERA in guiding the Little Hawks to a 31-10 record.
Furlong graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in American institutions. He also earned minors in economics and communication studies, while receiving a certificate in entrepreneurship.