Bob Malvagna was named head coach at NYIT's baseball program on July 9, 2013. He became the fifth head coach in the history of NYIT baseball and replaced Michael MacMillan, who served as interim head coach for the 2012 season after the retirement longtime coach Bob Hirschfield. Hirschfield retired in October 2011 after 33 years at the helm.
|The Malvagna File|
|1975-1979||Athlete, St. John's (N.Y.)|
|2001-2010||Assistant Coach, Adelphi|
|2011||Assistant Coach, Nassau C.C.|
|2012||Asst. Coach, Queensborough C.C.|
|2013-present||Head Coach, NYIT|
|By the Numbers|
|19||NYIT Athletic Director's Honor Roll|
|5||Great West All-Academic|
Since joining the Bears, Malvagna has overseen the nearly $2 million renovation of the baseball field, which included a FieldTurf resurfacing of the infield and outfield, new dugouts, bullpens, batting cages, press box, and scoreboards. The facelift has made the newly dedicated Angelo Lorenzo Memorial Field one of the premier baseball facilities in the Northeast.
The 2017 season marked NYIT's final year as a member of Division I. The program joins Division II and the East Coast Athletic Conference in 2018, matching the program's dozen other sports.
The 2016 season proved continued success for the Bears as they went 17-26, Malvagna's most sucessful season to date. Senior captain Joe Daru was recognized by the ABCA with inclusion on the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Region second team. He led the squad in several offensive categories and finished fourth all-time in the stolen base leaderboard.
In 2015, Malvagna and his squad broke double-digit wins for the second time in his tenure, posting a 14-30 overall record. For his efforts, sophomore Louis Mele received inclusion on the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Region second team.
Malvagna’s 20 years of experience coaching Long Island collegiate and club teams includes serving as associate head coach at Adelphi University under the direction of Hall of Fame Coach Ron Davis (2001-2003) and Dom Scala (2004-2010). As the hitting and third-base coach, he helped the Panthers to two NCAA Division II Regional bids and five winning seasons. Under his tutelage, 13 student-athletes earned All-East Region honors from Daktronics, American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Rawlings, and the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
In 2011, Malvagna left Adelphi to assist Nassau Community College to the NCAA Division III Region XV Tournament. After that, he served as an assistant coach under Roger Mischel at Queensborough Community College, where he helped guide the team to the 2012 CUNY Championship.