Steve Malinowski begins his fifth season as an assistant coach at the University of Hartford. Prior to Hartford, Malinowski spent four seasons on the coaching staff at UConn alongside Justin Blood. Malinowski serves as the recruiting coordinator and primary hitting coach, while he will work on the field with the catchers.
Under Malinowski, the Hawks saw a 12-percentage point rise in team batting average (.264) last season, up from .252 in 2014. The team also improved on other stats across the board, logging higher totals in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, walks, and a higher on-base percentage. The team also saw a decrease in the number of strikeouts from 2014.
At UConn, Malinowski was charged with coaching first base and developing the outfielders. In addition, he coordinated the Connecticut Baseball School and several hitting clinics. In that role, he helped the Huskies to their most successful seasons under head coach Jim Penders, including a program-best 48 victories in 2010 and back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in 2010 and 2011. The 2011 Huskies advanced to the NCAA Super Regional’s for the first time in program history.
Prior to his tenure at UConn, Malinowski spent one season as an assistant at Bryant University. That followed a season as a student assistant coach under Jim Penders at UConn.
Malinowski also served as an assistant coach with the Pittsfield Dukes in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in 2008, while in 2009, he was an assistant with the Manchester Silkworms.
Malinowski spent two seasons as a student-athlete at UConn, playing 33 games as a senior and finishing with a .260 batting average. He had three doubles and two home runs, both of which came in the BIG EAST Tournament. He also drove in 19 runs that season. He played in 25 games as a junior after transferring from Wake Forest in 2004. At Wake Forest, Malinowski finished his first collegiate game 4-of-5 at the plate with four runs scored, becoming the first freshman in Wake Forest history to tally four hits in his debut.
A native of Kensington, Conn., Malinowski graduated from UConn with a degree in coaching and administration in 2007.