Following an extensive national search, David Valesente was announced as the first-ever Wells College baseball coach on Monday.
Valesente, a Lansing native who is the son of longtime Ithaca College head coach George Valesente, joins the Express from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he served as an Assistant Coach for the Hawks’ NCAA Division I baseball program for the past two seasons. Valesente is charged with overseeing all aspects of a brand-new varsity baseball program that was announced as the seventh men’s sport offering at Wells this past May.
Prior to joining the staff at Saint Joseph’s, Valesente was an assistant coach at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., and worked specifically with catchers, infielders and batters. He has also served as a baseball instructor and assistant coach at the All-Star Baseball Academy in Broomall, Pa., and was an off-season volunteer assistant coach for Ithaca College.
A 2010 graduate of Saint Joseph’s, Valesente was a four-year member of the baseball team and was selected as the Senior Male Athlete of the Year before graduating. A three-time Most Outstanding Player award recipient after earning Atlantic-10 Conference All-Rookie team placement in 2007, he finished his four-year career with a .323 batting average after starting 170 of the 179 games he played.
Ranking fifth all-time on the Saint Joseph’s career hit list with 216 to his credit, Valesente went on to sign an independent contract with the Alpine Cowboys in 2011 and was named a Pecos Professional Baseball League All-Star. Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates in February 2012, Valesente also played professionally for the State College Spikes and the Jamestown Jammers within the New York Penn League in 2012 and 2013.
A four-time Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll recipient as an undergraduate at Saint Joseph’s, Valesente earned a degree in Business Administration before earning his master’s degree in Sports Studies from the United States Sports Academy.