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Bentley University Falcons
146 Northeast-10 Championships
80 CoSIDA Academic All-Americas
2014 NCAA Div. II Women's Basketball National Champs
2001 NCAA Div. II Field Hockey National Champs
Women's Basketball: NCAA Record 35 NCAA tournaments
Bob DeFelice
Bob DeFelice
Title: Head Baseball Coach/Director of Athletics
Phone: 781-891-2256
Email: rdefelice@bentley.edu

For more than a half-century, since the program's inception in 1969, Bob DeFelice has been Bentley University baseball. The 2020 season will mark his 52nd at the helm of the Falcons.

In addition to coaching, DeFelice is the Director of Athletics at Bentley, a position he was named to in October 1991. He's just the second AD that Bentley has ever known.

His teams have called Robert DeFelice Field home since the 2002 season, and on June 2, 2018, upon the culmination of his 50th year at Bentley, a statue was erected outside the Bentley Arena. In addition, the rink in the Arena now bears his name, as does the plaza outside the Arena.

DeFelice's affiliation with the university dates back to 1968, when he was hired as Bentley's first varsity baseball coach. After coaching the team on a part-time basis from its debut in 1969 to 1987, he was named Assistant Athletics Director for Programs in August 1987. Two years later, he was promoted to Associate Athletics Director.

As Bentley's only head baseball coach, DeFelice has won 809 games during his 51 seasons at the helm, a total that ranks third in New England Division II history. Following the retirement of Augie Garrido at Texas after the 2016 season, DeFelice is the longest tenured active college baseball coach in the country. 

DeFelice's teams have finished in the top half of the Northeast-10 Conference 23 times in the last 38 years, and four of his players (Jim McCready, Derek Ghostlaw, Mike Hill, Rob Finneran) have been drafted by major league clubs since 1991. Another, Jack Baird, played in the New York Penn League in 2004.

In 2001, the Falcons set an NCAA Division II record and led all of college baseball by hitting 2.39 home runs a game, knocking an incredible 98 balls over the fence in 41 games.  In 2009, his club led Division II in fewest walks allowed, giving up only 1.93 per nine innings.

Since he became AD, the university's sports teams have prospered, with 116 conference championships (regular season and playoff) and NCAA appearances in ten team sports (football, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, field hockey, volleyball, golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s cross country and women's cross country). There have been two national championships, field hockey in 2001 and women's basketball in 2014.

Under his leadership, Bentley has captured the Northeast-10 Presidents Cup eight times, emblematic of the best overall athletic program in the conference. The most recent came for the 2008-09 academic year. 

DeFelice, a 1963 graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in history, began his coaching career that same year as head football coach and assistant basketball coach at Christopher Columbus High School, a position he held for three years. In 1965, he began a three-year playing career in the Boston Red Sox minor league organization. In 1967, he was a player-coach with the Pittsfield Red Sox.

Before joining the Bentley athletic department staff on a full-time basis in 1987, DeFelice spent 17 years (1970-86) as head football coach at his alma mater, Winthrop High School. During that time, he led the Vikings to a 101-65-2 record, with four Northeast Conference championships, a 33-game winning streak in the early 80’s and two Eastern Massachusetts Division II Super Bowl titles.

Amazingly, DeFelice has been inducted into eight Halls of Fame. He was honored by Boston College in 1986, Bentley in October 1999, and was a charter member of the Winthrop High Hall of Fame in 1997. In November 2002, he was one of four inductees into the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Most recently, in November 2010, he was a charter inductee into the Intercity Hall of Fame.

DeFelice has also been inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches, the Boston Park League and the Union Printers International Baseball League halls of fame. DeFelice helped establish the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference and was a founder of the Eastern Football Conference. He served as the EFC commissioner from 1997-2000, when it was absorbed by the Northeast-10 Conference.

Among the many honors he has received are the Jack Butterfield Award from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association, the Murray Lewis Award from the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials and the Whitey Allard and Marty McDonough Memorial Sportsmanship Award from the College Baseball Umpires Association of New England. In December 2017, he received the George C. Carens Award from the New England Football Writers for his lifelong contributions to the sport of football.

DeFelice and his wife, Patricia, have four children and seven grandchildren.

The DeFelice Record

  All Games Northeast-10  
Year W L T PCT W L T PCT Finish
1969 9 4 0 .692          
1970 9 11 0 .450          
1971 6 12 0 .333          
1972 13 6 0 .684          
1973 10 12 0 .455          
1974 4 15 0 .211          
1975 9 16 0 .360          
1976 12 18 0 .400          
1977 15 12 0 .556          
1978 16 18 1 .471          
1979 14 19 0 .424          
1980 7 20 0 .259          
1981 16 14 0 .533 7 5 0 .583 3rd
1982 11 16 0 .407 4 8 0 .333 6th
1983 13 14 0 .481 7 6 0 .538 4th
1984 13 14 2 .483 7 5 1 .577 3rd
1985 14 17 0 .452 8 4 0 .667 2nd
1986 14 25 0 .359 4 10 0 .286 7th
1987 12 13 0 .480 4 5 0 .444 4th
1988 12 21 0 .364 6 10 0 .375 t-7th
1989 16 20 0 .444 10 6 0 .625 t-2nd
1990 21 18 0 .538 10 8 0 .556 t-5th
1991 17 17 1 .500 8 8 0 .500 5th
1992 15 19 0 .441 9 9 0 .500 t-4th
1993 13 24 0 .351 9 13 0 .409 3rd/East
1994 17 17 0 .500 13 9 0 .591 2nd/East
1995 16 15 0 .516 12 10 0 .545 t3rd/East
1996 19 16 0 .543 13 7 0 .650 2nd/East
1997 26 17 0 .605 17 7 0 .708 2nd
1998 12 23 0 .343 10 13 0 .435 6th
1999 17 19 0 .472 14 10 0 .583 3rd
2000 19 24 0 .442 8 16 0 .333 t-5th
2001 25 16 0 .610 21 12 0 .636 5th
2002 22 25 0 .468 16 16 0 .500 3rd/Pepin
2003 9 24 0 .237 8 19 0 .296 6th/Pepin
2004 17 22 0 .436 15 16 0 .484 7th
2005 18 24 0 .429 15 15 0 .500 t-6th
2006 19 25 1 .433 12 18 0 .400 9th
2007 22 29 0 .431 17 13 0 .567 5th
2008 22 25 0 .468 17 13 0 .567 6th
2009 28 22 0 .560 19 11 0 .633 4th
2010 21 25 0 .457 13 13 0 .500 8th
2011 15 29 0 .341 8 18 0 .308 12th
2012 28 23 0 .549 20 9 0 .690 3rd/Northeast
2013 27 22 0 .551 17 12 0 .586 t-2nd/NE
2014 22 18 0 .550 17 10 0 .630 t-3rd/NE
2015 10 23 0 .303 8 13 0 .381 5th/NE
2016 15 25 0 .375 10 15 0 .400 6th/NE
2017 11 30 0 .268 9 16 0 .360 t-4th/NE
2018 20 21 0 .488 14 11 0 .560 t-4th/NE
2019 21 21 0 .500 18 9 0 .667 t-2nd/NE
Total 809 975 5 .454 454 428 0 .515