Dan Tischler reunited with his former college coach Brett Boretti and joined the Columbia baseball staff as an assistant coach in June 2012.
“Dan brings a lot of energy and a tremendous work ethic to our staff and our team,” Boretti said. “He has experience recruiting the type of student-athletes we want at Columbia and he has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to win Ivy League championships.”
The Lions hitting, infield defense and baserunning has excelled under Tischler’s, who coaches third base, guidance. Last season, the Lions were unarguably the top offensive team in Ivy League games, leading the conference in seven categories (batting average, runs, slugging, runs, hits, doubles and RBI and ranked second in home runs.
Will Savage, a 2016 draft pick of the Detroit Tigers and three-time All-Ivy League selection, led the Ancient Eight with 20 stolen bases and as a team, Columbia swiped 50 bags, the second most in the conference. In 2015, the Lions stole 28 bases in conference play were the most of any Ivy League squad and the infield, directed by Tischler, turned a program-record 48 double plays. Both were keys in the Lions record-setting 34 victories and third consecutive Ivy League crown and NCAA Regional appearance.
In 2014, Columbia posted a .975 fielding percentage overall and a .983 mark in conference-only game, breaking the program records established just one year prior. On the base paths, the Lions swiped 64 bags, the sixth-most in program history and led the Ivy League in conference-only games with 38 steals, 15 more than second-place Yale. The excellent defense and base running contributed to the Lions winning a then program-record 29 games, capturing a second Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament automatic bid.
Tischler's first season in Morningside Heights proved to be among the most successful in Columbia baseball history. The Lions tied the program record for wins in a season (28), won a program-record 16 Ancient Eight contests, captured the Ivy League Championship and knocked off New Mexico at the Fullerton Regional, marking Columbia's first NCAA Tournament victory.
Working primarily with the Lions' infielders, Tischler oversaw a Columbia defense that posted a .971 overall fielding percentage and Ivy League-best .981 mark in conference-only games, both previous program records. Tischler saw Columbia base runners swipe 79 bags, the third-highest total in program history. In total, nine Lions were selected All-Ivy League during Tischler's first season.
A native New Yorker, Tischler comes home to Columbia after spending the previous two years as an assistant coach at Cornell. In 2012, he helped guide the Big Red to a program record for wins (31), Ivy League wins (14) and the program’s first Ivy League championship since 1976.
At Cornell, Tischler was the team’s first base coach and a key recruiter at a number of Ivy League camps and other showcases. He assisted with daily practices, helped work with the hitters and was primarily responsible for base running instruction.
Prior to his stint at Cornell, Tischler was the pitching coach at Swarthmore (Pa.) for two seasons. In 2010, the Garnet had its first 20-win season in 25 years and made the Centennial Conference tournament for the first time in program history.
A certified personal trainer, Tischler also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Swarthmore’s baseball, softball and men’s basketball during his tenure.
Tischler played four years at Franklin & Marshall and was a team captain in 2008. A first team all-conference pitcher, Tischler holds the F&M career record for saves with 10. He converted five saves during the 2007 season, one shy of fellow Columbia assistant coach Pete Maki’s season-record six saves in 2004.
After that 2007 season, Tischler was named first team all-conference and was a second team all-region selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Tischler graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall in 2008 and received his Master’s degree in education from Columbia’s Teachers College in 2012.Tischler graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall in 2008 and received his Master’s degree in education from Columbia’s Teachers College in 2012.