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#31 Alex Marconi
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Kent State
Graduating Year: 2000
Experience: 6 Years
Phone: 765-285-1425
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Alex Marconi
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 02/05/2008

Alex Marconi enters his second season as the Ball State baseball head coach in 2012. Marconi became the ninth head coach in Ball State baseball history July 27, 2010, taking over for former BSU coach Greg Beals who was named to the same spot at Ohio State.

Marconi, a native of Akron, Ohio, led the youthful Cardinals to a 15-35 record during his inaugural campaign, including an 11-15 record in the Mid-American Conference. Under his direction, junior center fielder Cody Elliott earned Second Team All-MAC honors and was selected in the 21st round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cleveland Indians. The selection of Elliott marked the 10th player chosen in the MLB draft during Marconi's six years with the program as a head coach and an assistant coach.

Marconi was an assistant coach at Ball State for five years (2006-10) under Beals. He assisted the Cardinals in all aspects of the program including recruiting, hitting, catching, outfield, infield and base running. He helped the Cardinals win the 2006 Mid-American Conference Tournament and qualify for the NCAA Tournament, while also being part of BSU's 2009 MAC West Division championship team.

Under Marconi's assistance, the Cardinals had nine different players drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft, including 2010 first round draft pick Kolbrin Vitek by the Boston Red Sox. Marconi helped Vitek transition from third base to second base as a junior earn MAC Player of the Year honors as well as First Team All-America accolades.

In 2009, the Cardinals claimed the MAC West Division championship with a 14-10 overall record. Marconi was in charge of Ball State's base running attack which ran through the MAC by recording a BSU single-season record 115 stolen bases.

Ball State led all MAC teams by at least 34 stolen bases and the Cardinals' top three hitters in the batting order, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Nate Fields and Vitek, combined to steal 78 bases. The trio all finished in the top eight in the MAC individually in steals and combined to steal more bases than 10 out of 11 league teams. Also, Hazelbaker earned All-America honors after moving to center field for his junior year before being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.

In 2008, Marconi worked with the Cardinals' outfielders and catchers. Wayne Bond Jr. was named Second Team All-MAC for his play in center field as he posted a .327 batting average with 11 home runs and 41 RBI. Catcher Zach Dygert was named First Team All-Mid-American Conference after posting a .293 batting average with 13 home runs in 2008.

In his first season at Ball State in 2006, Marconi helped the Cardinals to the first Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship in school history and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Marconi, working with the hitters, coached the Cardinals to a .291 team batting average and 60 combined home runs as the team compiled an overall record of 38-20.

Prior to Ball State, Marconi spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach at North Carolina for head coach Mike Fox, where he worked with hitters, catchers and directed summer camps. He helped the Tar Heels advance to the NCAA Regional and finish with a 41-19-2 record overall and a 17-10-1 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. He was also responsible for on-campus recruiting and monitoring players' academic progress.

Marconi was a four-year letterwinner at Kent State where he was a First Team All-MAC and All-Region catcher for the Golden Flashes in 1999 and 2000. The Academic All-MAC recipient earned his bachelor's degree in general studies in 2001.

Marconi was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2000 MLB Draft in the 27th round. He played at various stops in the Tampa Bay organization including Orlando, Bakersfield, Hudson Valley and Princeton. He advanced to the Triple-A Durham Bulls in both 2001 and 2002. He concluded his playing career with the Elmira Pioneers and the St. Paul Saints in 2003 and 2004.

Marconi is married to the former Amanda Lescher, who was a one-year letterwinner for the Kent State women's soccer team in 1999. They have two sons, Maximus Blaise and Xavier Blaine, and one daughter, Alexandra Rose.

Year

School

Position

2011

Ball State

Head Coach

2010

Ball State

Assistant Coach

2009

Ball State

Assistant Coach

2008

Ball State

Assistant Coach

2007

Ball State

Assistant Coach

2006

Ball State

Assistant Coach

2005

North Carolina

Assistant Coach

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