After an extensive and highly competitive search for the next head coach of the Ithaca College baseball program, Associate Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports Susan Bassett ’79 is pleased to announce that David Valesente has been selected as the fourth head coach in the program’s storied 86-year history. Valesente has served for the past three years as the head baseball coach at Wells College in Aurora, New York.
“It is with equal parts pride, responsibility and excitement that I welcome David Valesente as the next head coach for Ithaca College baseball,” Bassett said. “David did a terrific job during his time at Wells and quickly built that program to be competitive in its conference. It is no easy task to start a program from scratch, and David worked diligently to implement a culture on and off the field that we embody at Ithaca College. His passion and effectiveness in recruiting is a clear strength and will serve him well at IC.”
Valesente, who joined Wells in 2015, was the first-ever head coach in program history. Over the past three seasons he guided the Express to an overall record of 46-63, which included an 18-22 season this past spring and a trip to the North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs. He built the program from the ground up and was charged with overseeing all aspects of the program, which became the seventh men’s varsity sport at Wells.
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Susan Bassett and the search committee for selecting me as the next head baseball coach at Ithaca College,” Valesente said. “I am extremely grateful and humbled to be given this opportunity of maintaining the storied success that this program has achieved throughout the years.”