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Bentley's New DeFelice Baseball Field to be Dedicated Saturday
September 25, 2001
WALTHAM, Mass.- Bentley College will dedicate its brand-new baseball field in honor of long-time Falcon baseball coach Bob DeFelice on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 12:00 noon. The ceremony will be preceded by the first game to be played on the new field, an alumni game slated for 10:30 a.m.
Robert A. DeFelice Field, which contains seating for 1,700, is located on the site of the former DeVincent farm property, purchased by the college a few years ago. It is located adjacent to the college's South Campus, where the college's Dana Center, football field and synthetic turf field are located.
The new field is part of a major expansion of the college's athletic facilities, which also includes a new soccer field, an outdoor track and six new tennis courts.
S.W. Franks Construction Company of Cleveland, Ohio handled the design, construction management and construction of the sports components on the site. Among the other projects that the company has also been involved with include Jacobs Field in Cleveland, PNC Park and Heinz Stadium in Pittsburgh, Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and the renovation of the Notre Dame Stadium. For additional information on S.W. Franks and photos of DeFelice Field as construction progressed, check their website at www.swfranks.com.
DeFelice is the only baseball coach in the college's history with the upcoming 2002 season being his 34th year at the helm. After four years as a catcher in the Red Sox organization, the former Boston College All-America was hired in 1968, and Bentley fielded its first baseball team the next year. DeFelice, who has 459 career victories, has also served as the college's Director of Athletics since October 1991, during which time virtually all of Bentley's athletic programs have prospered.
One of the most memorable seasons in Bentley baseball history came last spring when the Falcons, despite not having a home field, led all of college baseball in home runs per game and set a Division II record in that category. Bentley, in 2001, slammed an incredible 98 homers in 41 games, an average of 2.39 per contest, en route to a 25-16 season. Seven different players reached double figures, which is only one fewer than the number of 10+ home run seasons recorded by Bentley players during the previous 32 seasons.
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu.
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