Having built the foundation for Seton Hill Baseball from the ground up, Marc Marizzaldi has seen the program rise to national prominence in his thirteen seasons as skipper, posting a 460-242 (.655) overall record since the program's inception in 2004. Marizzaldi led the Griffins to a 17-33 mark in their inaugural season, followed by a 27-20 record in 2005 and the Griffins first appearance in the post-season. With just two years under their belts, SHU jumped into the national spotlight in 2006 climbing as high as #14 in the NAIA national poll. SHU posted a 45-20 record in 2006 en route to the school's first appearance in the NAIA World Series. Marizzaldi's 2006 squad captured the AMC North Division title, NAIA Region IX championship and swept the NAIA East Coast Super Regional series. Marizzaldi earned American Mideast Conference North Division Coach of the Year honors that year, as well as being named the NAIA Region IX Coach of the Year.
The 2016 Griffins notched the program’s 12th straight winning season with a 40-18 record, becoming the only NCAA Division II squad in the country with five straight 40+ win seasons. It marked the 8th consecutive season with at least 30 wins, and the 7th year in a row SHU appeared in the NCAA Tournament. As the PSAC West runners-up, four Griffins were named to the PSAC West 1st Team, along with four All-Atlantic Region selections. Academically the 2016 squad posted a program and PSAC best 3.35 and earned the ABCA Academic Excellence award.
Entering the 2015 season ranked in the top ten nationally of every major poll, the Griffins rattled off a 19-game win streak mid-season that led to a 22-6 PSAC mark and share of the West Division title. That win streak propelled the Griffins to a #1 national ranking in Division II for a two-week span in early April. A mainstay of the NCAA Atlantic Regional, SHU earned their 6th bid in as many years to the big dance, only to go 1-2 and cap the year with a 43-13 overall mark. Senior 1st Team All-American Nick Sell earned PSAC West Player of the Year and was named the Tino Martinez award winner as the top Division II player in the country. The 2015 squad also posted the highest GPA in the PSAC with a 3.33.
The transition to the PSAC in 2014 was met with great success as the Griffins logged a 22-6 conference mark to lead the PSAC West Division. SHU’s fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament was a memorable one, culminating with a 3-0 win over Millersville and the elusive dogpile that would send Seton Hill 484 miles to Cary, NC for the program’s first NCAA Division II World Series. The 41 wins marked the third straight season with 40 or more victories, while four Griffins earned All-PSAC honors and three appeared on the All-Region squads. In the Griffins first year as PSAC members, Marizzaldi earned PSAC West Coach of the Year honors. He was also recognized as the ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Seton Hill was ranked 7th in the nation in the final Division II poll of 2014.
The 2013 season saw the Griffins make their deepest post-season run since joining the NCAA as Marizzaldi guided SHU to their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and SHU’s first Atlantic Region title game. In 2013, the 42-17 Griffins again dominated the WVIAC posting a 26-8 conference mark. Marizzaldi earned his third consecutive WVIAC Coach of the Year nod as well as Regional Coach of the Year from the NCBWA. Marizzaldi was also recognized by the Pittsburgh Rotary Club with the Chuck Tanner Collegiate Manager of the Year award in 2013. Leading a cast of six All-WVIAC and five All-Region performers, Junior Alex Haines earned his second WVIAC Pitcher of the Year award and Nick Sell picked up WVIAC Player of the Year hardware. Seton Hill was a mainstay in the national top-25 all season peaking at #6.
The 2012 season was arguably the Griffins best under Marizzaldi as SHU posted a school record 46 wins. The Griffins captured their third straight WVIAC North title with a 30-4 conference mark. Seton Hill earned the #1 seed in the Atlantic Regional in its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Individual accolades followed with four Griffins earning WVIAC First Team honors and five earning All-Region status. Marizzaldi notched his second straight WVIAC coach of the Year award in 2012 as Seton Hill climbed as high as #8 in the NCAA Division II national poll.
Averaging 35 wins per season under Marizzaldi’s guidance, Seton Hill Baseball has captured eight regular season division titles (‘06, ‘07, ’10, ‘11, '12, ’13, ’14, ’15, ‘16), two conference championships (‘06, ‘10) and two World Series berths (’06, ’14) in their eleven years of post-season eligibility. With just eight official seasons at the NCAA level, the Griffins have enjoyed seven straight trips to the NCAA tournament (2010 through 2016). Marizzaldi has been named Regional Coach of the Year twice during his tenure and picked up five Conference Coach of the Year awards, including four consecutive seasons from 2011-2014.
SHU Baseball boasts thirty-five players named 1st Team All-Conference in the program's 13-year span and have had six All-Americans since 2006. Marizzaldi has seen ten of his players earn NAIA / NCAA Academic All-District teams during his tenure. Eight Griffins have moved on to professional baseball in the last nine years, including two MLB drafts - Rick Austin (27th round – Philadelphia Phillies, 2007), Alex Haines (33rd round – Colorado Rockies, 2013).
Marizzaldi assumed the reigns of the new SHU Baseball program in January 2003 after leaving his post as the top assistant coach at Division-I Duquesne University. In his only full season at Duquesne under head coach Mike Wilson, he managed all defensive responsibilities for the program, working with infielders, outfielders, and catchers. In addition to his on-field duties, Marizzaldi coordinated the winter and summer Duquesne University and USA Baseball camps, as well as assisted with recruiting duties. The Dukes enjoyed their most successful season in school history in 2002, posting a 26-23 record and a fifth place finish in the Atlantic-10 Conference Western Division.
Before returning to his alma mater, Marizzaldi was instrumental in helping resurrect the baseball program at nationally ranked Division-III Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Marizzaldi handled a pitching staff at Lakeland that boasted two record setting seasons in 2000 and 2001. Under head coach John Weber (currently head coach at Purdue-North Central), the Muskies recorded a school record 24 and 25 wins in those two seasons, which eventually carried Lakeland to their first ever NCAA Division-III World Series appearance in 2002. Marizzaldi's other duties at Lakeland College included assistant sports information director and director of intramurals.
While in Wisconsin, Marizzaldi was recruited to take over as the manager of the Sheboygan A's semi-pro club of the Wisconsin State League during the 2001 summer. In his only season at the helm with the A's, Marizzaldi posted a 46-16 record, good for 2nd place in the WSL. The 46 wins were the second best in the club's 38-year history.
Before heading out to the midwest, Marizzaldi built the Baldwin American Legion into one of the premiere Legion programs in the tri-state area. His 1999 squad, comprised of all sophomores and juniors, posted a 23-11 mark, which was surpassed in 2000 when the Baldwin Legion had their finest season in club history going 29-9. Baldwin finished that season ranked in the top-15 out of 502 Pennsylvania Legion squads.
Marizzaldi's coaching career began in 1997 when he assumed the Head Freshman coaching duties at Baldwin High School, followed by his Head Junior Varsity post in 1998, then an assistant Varsity position in 1999. During Marizzaldi's tenure at Baldwin High School, the Highlanders had two players chosen in the top ten rounds of the MLB draft, as well as one free-agent signing.
Following his playing career at Baldwin High School where he was a two-year letterman in basketball and baseball, Marizzaldi made 17 appearances posting a 2-2 career mark pitching at Duquesne University from 94-96. Marizzaldi earned his bachelors degree in Sports Marketing from Duquesne in 1998, and received his Masters degree in Business Administration from Lakeland College in 2001. After holding the additional position of Sports Information Director at Seton Hill from 2003-2004, he is currently the facility manager of the McKenna Athletics & Recreation Center. Marc, his wife Debbi, and daughters Lyla (7) and Claire (4) reside in Greensburg.