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George Valesente announces retirement after 41 seasons at Ithaca

Ithaca College legendary Hall of Fame baseball coach and alumnus (’66), and Mynderse Academy alumnus, George Valesente, has announced his retirement after 41 seasons, effective in August 2019. Valesente has been the head coach at his alma mater since 1979 and departs South Hill with a career record of 1,136-507-8 at the helm of the Bombers program. He maintained the tradition of excellence in what is Ithaca College baseball for four-plus decades and guided IC to 38 seasons with 20 or more victories. With a 31-9 campaign in 2019, Ithaca continued the nation’s longest streak of consecutive winning seasons (in all divisions) to 81 years.

30017″I can’t thank Ithaca College enough for giving me this opportunity 41 years ago. Time has gone by quickly and it’s been more than anything I could have imagined,” said Valesente. “The administrative support has been amazing over the years. I wish to thank everyone for their assistance with the baseball program in such an outstanding way.”

Valesente, a 1980 IC Hall of Famer and 2005 inductee into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame, has coached collegiately since 1973. He served as head coach at Brockport, New Paltz and Maritime prior to his return to Ithaca and owns an overall record of 1,196-547-8. Valesente ranks seventh all-time among Division III coaches in victories.

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