Two Long-Time Coaches to Retire
At the end of last spring, two long-time coaches announced their retirements: baseball coach George Valesente ’66 and softball coach Deb Pallozzi, MS ’93.
“Coach Val” coached Bombers baseball for 41 years, bringing home two national championships. He was named to the IC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980 and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005. His son, David Valesente, was named the new head baseball coach in August.
Pallozzi coached the Bombers for 31 years, and her team won the program’s first national championship in 2002. She ranks ninth all-time among Division III softball coaches for victories (with 864). She was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and to the IC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. IC hall of famer Hannah Shalett Quintana ’07 was named the new head softball coach in June.