USMMA head baseball coach Michael Notebaert announced that Lou Bernardi will join his coaching staff ahead of the 2019 season. Bernardi will serve as the Mariners' pitching coach and recruiting coordinator after serving in an array of collegiate coaching positions over the past few years.
"I am extremely excited to be adding Coach Bernardi to the staff," said Notebaert. "He is a tremendous coach that has helped every program he has worked with elevate their levels of success. I'm looking forward to having him here and helping us continue to build our tradition and continue to raise our expectations."
A former player at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Bernardi pitched for four years at the Division I level, compiling over 160 innings in over 60 appearances throughout his career. After college, he went on to play at the independent professional level in the Golden League for the St. George Roadrunners, where he played for former Los Angeles Dodger All-Star Mike Marshall and Benny Castillo. He also played for the New York Federals in the New York State League and coached the Federals in the Can-Am Exhibition Season.
Bernardi most recently served as the pitching coach at Iona College for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. During his time at Iona, he helped lead his pitching staff and the Gaels to a playoff berth and an appearance in the 2017 MAAC Championship. His pitching staff led the MAAC in several statistical categories throughout his tenure, including standout pitcher Jared Finkel, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 21st round.
Prior to working with the Gaels, Bernardi spent one season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for LIU Post.
His first stint in college coaching was at his alma mater, NYIT, where he was an assistant coach responsible for coaching third base at the division I level in the Great West Conference.
Bernardi then went on to fellow Skyline Conference institution SUNY Old Westbury, where in 2015 he helped lead the Panthers to an NCAA Regional and Skyline Conference championship. During his three-year stint at OW, his pitching staff earned two Skyline Pitcher of the Year awards, selections to both First and Second Team All-Skyline and numerous Pitcher of the Week honors. Six of his players went on to sign professional contracts, highlighted by Tim Ingram who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 31st round.
Throughout the summer months, Bernardi has served as head coach for some of the country's best players in some of the nation's top collegiate summer leagues – the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and the prestigious Northwoods Baseball League. To date he has coached and worked with over 60 players that have went on to sign a professional contract at the affiliated or independent levels.
Off the field, he has been a guest instructor for numerous camps, clinics, and academy's, as well as being asked to speak at various events on his pitching philosophy's.
Bernardi has also been a contributor to InsidePitch Magazine, and is on the board of Directors for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation which connects Major League Baseball to the U.S. Military and their families.
He is an active member in both the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and in the Association of Professional Ball Players of America (APBPA).
"I very much look forward to the opportunity to be associated with such a prestigious Service Academy," said Bernardi. "I am thrilled to have the privilege to be a part of this athletic department and excited to be coaching our Midshipmen on the baseball field and see them grow as leaders in the future. I want to thank Coach Notebaert and the Academy for their trust and confidence in me to coach these men at the highest level. I hope to contribute to this program in a positive manner, as well as represent the Academy, baseball program and our alumni in the top class fashion they deserve."
Bernardi, a 2011 graduate of NYIT with a degree in criminal justice, is a lifelong resident of New Hyde Park, N.Y., where he currently lives.