RELEASE FROM TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
PHILADELPHIA (06/03/11) – Rob Valli, who guided Temple baseball to 112 wins over his six years at the helm, resigned today as the program’s head baseball coach. A search for his successor will commence immediately.
“I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that TempleUniversity has provided me,” said Valli. “It is very difficult to say goodbye to a tremendous group of student-athletes, coaches, and colleagues.”
“We appreciate Rob’s years at Temple, especially his dedication and service to our student-athletes,” said Temple University Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Valli, who guided Temple to its first Atlantic 10 Tournament berth in six years in 2008, ends his tenure with the second most wins by an Owl baseball coach. His 2008 team won 27 games, the most during his six years at the helm while the team’s 16 conference wins set a new school record. Temple also beat a ranked opponent, #18 Charlotte, and advanced to the Liberty Bell Classic semifinals for the second straight season in 2008.
During his tenure at Temple he recruited and developed seven all-Atlantic 10 players and 25 all-Philadelphia Big 5 selections, including two-time Big Five Player of the Year in Sean Barksdale. Redshirt junior Steve Nikorak and freshman Will Remillard were named Big 5 Player and Rookie of the Year in 2011.
Prior to his arrival at Temple, Valli compiled a 225-55-1 record in five seasons at Gloucester County College. He led GCC to the NJCAA Division III College World Series in each of his seasons there, culminating with the 2005 National Championship. Named a Regional Coach of the Year in each of his seasons at GCC, Valli earned National Coach of the Year honors in 2005. He produced nine All-Americans, including one National Player of the Year, and 29 All-Region players, while at GCC.
Valli also was an associate scout for the Colorado Rockies from 2000-05. Prior to arriving at GCC, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Rutgers. He helped guide the Scarlet Knights to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Big East Championship, and a #12 national ranking and school record 40 wins in 2000. Valli coached three All-Americans at Rutgers and two players currently in the major leagues – Jason Bergmann of the Boston Red Sox and David DeJesus of the Oakland Athletics.