Mitch Allore replaces Dave Williams.

The University of Minnesota Crookston announced the promotion of Mitch Allore to assistant baseball coach. Allore, a former UMC baseball player from 2011-12, served as a volunteer assistant last season for Head Coach Chris Vito while finishing his degree at UMC. Allore will bump up to the top assistant spot for the 2014 season.

“We are really excited to have Mitch on board as an assistant coach,” Vito said. “Mitch played for me for two seasons and was a volunteer assistant last year. This will be his fourth year with the program. He knows what we are trying to do here with the University of Minnesota Crookston baseball program. He also understands me and what my expectations are as a head coach. He is very organized, very enthusiastic and also very knowledgeable. He is going to bring many good things to the program as well as knowledge in general with our pitching staff.”

Allore played primarily at first base and pitcher during his two years as a player at UMC. As a junior, he appeared in 36 of 39 games with 30 starts. Allore had eight runs scored and three RBI’s in his junior campaign. As a senior, he started all 43 games he appeared in. Allore had 12 runs scored and 11 RBI’s as a senior. As a pitcher, Allore appeared sparingly in his two years, but logged six innings with six strikeouts.

The North Mankato, Minn. native, originally came to UMC from Ridgewater Community College in Willmar, Minn., where he was a two-sport athlete playing baseball and football for the Warriors. Allore earned his bachelor’s degree in golf and turf management.

Allore replaces Dave Williams who returned to Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he had previously worked as volunteer assistant. Williams will be working at the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology on the Minnesota State campus.

“We also want to wish Dave Williams well,” Vito said. “Dave did an absolutely tremendous job with our kids last year. He did a fantastic job with every facet of our program, including pitching which was his main area of expertise. The opportunity for Dave to go back to Mankato and get involved with the sports psychology end of things at Minnesota State University is a great opportunity for him.”