Dusty Napoleon enters his second season as the hitting coach for Fighting Leatherneck baseball. Prior to Western Illinois Napoleon spent 2012 as an assistant at Iowa.
In his first season at Western, Napoleon aided in the development of the hitters as the team batting average increased from .253 in 2012 to .263 in 2013. In addition, the team batting average in conference games increased from .261 in 2012 to .286 in 2013. Three Leathernecks hit over .300 on the season: Tanner Glore (.320), Zack Burling (.306) and Neil DeCook (.300), while Jameson Henning hit .297. Henning also was named First Team All-League, the first Western baseball player to receive the honor since 2008.
While at Iowa, Napoleon assisted with the Iowa hitters helping two regulars finish in the top 15 in the Big Ten in hitting, and helping groom one draft pick. Napoleon played at Iowa from 2005-07 before being drafted by Oakland in the 19th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. In four years, he played at all four minor league levels and made it to the Triple A level in 2010. Napoleon's most productive year as a professional was 2008, when he hit 13 doubles, two triples, and two home runs between Vancouver and Kane County.
As a Hawkeye, Napoleon appeared in 159 games and made 146 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 sophomore. 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.
Napoleon was a standout baseball player for his father, Mike Napoleon, at IHSA power New Trier. The 2004 Sun-Times Athlete of the Year, Central Suburban League Player of the Year, and First Team Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times All-State player was also a standout quarterback for the Trevians, earning All-State honors and setting career records for touchdowns and passing yards.
Napoleon graduated with a degree in Health and Sports Studies from the University of Iowa. He is originally from Wilmette, Illinois.