Bernardi To Be Inducted Into New York State Baseball Hall Of Fame In 2023

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 23, 2022) – USMMA Baseball Assistant Coach Lou Bernardi received word last week that he will be inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Induction Class of 2023, announced by Rene LeRoux, Executive Director of the NYS Baseball HOF.
 
Bernardi is part of an induction class that features six individuals who have had lasting impacts on all aspects of the sport of baseball in New York State. The other inductees are author Erik Sherman, Long Island Baseball’s Mike Leiderman, former major leaguer and current broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners Dave Valle, World Series winning manager Jack McKeon and former major leaguer Bob Aspromonte.
 
The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame includes legendary names such as Mickey MantleThurman MunsonCarl YastrzemskiKeith HernandezVin ScullyBud Selig and many more. For the complete list of past inductees, visit their website at www.nysbhof.com.
 
Bernardi, who enters his fifth year at Kings Point and 12th year coaching collegiate baseball, has been a member of Head Coach Michael Notebaert‘s coaching staff as the Mariners’ Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator since the 2019 season. He also serves in numerous other roles at the Academy, such as Lead Advisor of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), an instructor in the Physical Education Department and a member of the Academy’s Campus Culture Committee.
 
No stranger to recognition for his incredible work off the field, Bernardi has received praise from numerous organizations over the past few years. He won the USMMA Athletics’ Power of Inspiration Award and SAAC’s Mark J. Paradiso Service Award, Axcess Baseball’s Service to Community Award and was named as an Honorary Member of the National Institute of Leadership and Success.
 
For his work on the field, he was named Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s 2021 NCAA Pitching Coach of the Year for all three divisions after he helped lead the Mariners to the 2021 Skyline Conference Championship, the first in Academy history. He mentored Division III All-Americans and USMMA Athletics’ Admiral Giles C. Stedman Trophy winners Joe Raab ’21 and Andrew Spinnenweber ’19, both of whom signed professional contracts after leaving Kings Point.
 
“It is wonderful to see Lou being recognized for his contributions!” exclaimed Notebaert. “He has been with us for five years and he’s done a tremendous job working with our pitching staff and somehow finding a way to be everywhere. His body of work includes running numerous clinics and giving back to any youth organizations he can get involved with. I don’t know where he gets the energy to do everything he does. We’re proud of him and happy he’s part of our baseball family.”
 
In a recent press release by the NYS Baseball Hall of Fame announcing the news, Bernardi’s write-up was as follows:
 
Lou Bernardi is a giver. He is not only an exceptional baseball coach who was the 2021 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Pitching Coach of the Year, his contributions to youngsters and the community as an ambassador of the game go far and beyond. (He is) truly an unselfish and giving young man, who has done far more than he has received. Lou’s love and respect of the game is admirable.”
 
A 2011 graduate of New York Institute of Technology, where he was a four-year letter winner and pitcher for the Bears, Bernardi continued his playing career most notably for the St. George Roadrunners of the Golden Baseball League.
 
“I am extremely humbled and honored by this prestigious recognition from the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame,” commented Bernardi. “This game of baseball has given me so much over the years, I feel as if it is my obligation to promote the game in a positive way and give every player the same amount of opportunities I was lucky enough to have. I look forward to representing the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame and its members, while continuing to serve as an ambassador for this great game for many years to come.”