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George Valesente

Head Baseball Coach at Ithaca College

About

George Valesente is the head baseball coach at Ithaca College, a position he assumed in 1978. During his exceptional career at the helm of the Bombers’ diamond program, Valesente has guided Ithaca to two national championships (1980 and 1988), nine World Series, and 21 NCAA post-season berths in all. His teams have never had a losing season and have won more than 70 percent of their games.

The Bombers have been a force in the Empire Athletic Association as well, capturing 13 league titles and two runner-up finishes during Valesente’s tenure at Ithaca. He is a 1966 graduate of Ithaca College, where he lettered in soccer, basketball, and baseball and played on NCAA playoff teams in all three sports.

From Ithaca, Valesente entered the professional baseball ranks, where he spent four seasons in the minors, advancing as far as the Triple A level. In his career a Ithaca, Valesente has coached 19 All-Americans and 24 players who have signed professional baseball contracts.

One of the most respected coaches in the game, he has been honored many times for his coaching accomplishments, having been voted the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1988, and having earned district coach of the year recognition in 1980, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, and 1994.
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