United States Sports Academy student David Valesente has been named the head coach for the first baseball team at Wells College (WC) in Aurora, N.Y. Valesente is currently working toward receiving his Master’s Degree in Sports Studies from the Academy.
“It is truly an honor to be named the first head baseball coach at WC,” he said. “I am excited to be a part of a first-class institution and to work closely with the administration and athletic department staff.”
Athletics has been a key component of WC dating back to the institution’s establishment in 1868. Traditions and rituals involving athletics are an important part of the collegiate experience for incoming students. Despite its well-seeded sport background, this will be the university’s very first baseball team.
“I have been involved in sports for my entire life, growing up playing baseball, hockey, and football,” he said. “I was mostly around baseball as my dad, George Valesente, has been a Head Coach at Ithaca College for 37 years.”
Valesente will be in charge of overseeing all aspects of the new varsity baseball program that was announced this past May as the seventh men’s sport to be offered at WC.
“There will be some challenges along the way, especially having to build a new team,” he said. “I am looking forward to the process!”
Prior to joining the staff at WC, he served as Assistant Coach for several universities in Pennsylvania, including the Saint Joseph’s University Hawks’ NCAA Division I baseball program in Philadelphia, and Arcadia University in Glenside, where he worked specifically with working specifically with catchers, infielders, and batters. Valesente also served as the baseball instructor and Assistant Coach for the All-Star Baseball Academy in Broomall, Pa. He worked as an off-season volunteer Assistant Coach for Ithaca College.
He was a four-year member of the baseball team and was selected as the Senior Male Athlete of the Year before graduating his from alma mater, Saint Joseph’s University, in 2010. Valesente earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s as a four-time Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll recipient.
Continuing his education in the direction of sport, Valesente started his studies at the Academy and looks forward to completing the program soon, in between his busy schedule of recruiting a full team of players and organizing all aspects of the new baseball program.
“My experience at the Academy has been fantastic,” he said. “I have nothing but good things to say about the support staff and programs.”
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.