Baseball: Tim Dunderdale named Westminster Christian coach

Updated: September 4, 2012 6:24PM

When new Westminster Christian baseball coach Tim Dunderdale talks to his players next spring, he can do so from a unique perspective.

Dunderdale still plays baseball as part of the Northern Illinois Men’s Senior Baseball League and is president of the league, which is for players 18 and older.

“It’s (playing) a very difficult thing to give up,” said Dunderdale, who played in high school at Lake Zurich and Mt. Carmel. “I’ve been involved with it so long that it’s difficult to say no to your home.”

Westminster athletic director Rick Palmer on Tuesday announced Dunderdale’s hiring as the replacement for Jeff Moeller, who had coached the Warriors to the state 1A title in 2010 and resigned after the 2012 season.

“Tim comes with high recommendations and is well respected as a coach throughout the baseball community,” Palmer said.

Dunderdale, 45, who is owner and manager of Revcore Radiator, Inc. in Woodstock, has been involved with the senior baseball league for 18 years. For the past six years he has been an assistant coach at Johnsburg High School.

“I believe coaching under Dan Giesey at Johnsburg did a fantastic job of preparing me to teach the sport and allowed me to grow and be able to have this opportunity,” Dunderdale said.

Dunderdale called replacing Moeller a double-edged sword of sorts.

“It’s exciting, and it can be an intimidating thing,” he said. “If you’re coming into a winning program and you’re the next guy in line, that can make it intimidating to follow up on that success, but on the other hand you know it’s a good program.

“I feel like there are improvements I can make as a coach and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Moeller went 188-152 at Westminster. The Warriors were 18-12 last year, and in the previous six seasons went 149-62 with four regional crowns and two sectional titles.

Dunderdale plans a meeting with the team and their families at Westminster at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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