Steven Malinowski returns to the UConn baseball program for his third year as an assistant coach for the Huskies.
After playing two seasons at UConn, Malinowski served as a student assistant coach for Jim Penders before spending one year at Bryant University as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs.
He coaches first base for the Huskies and is in charge of developing the UConn outfielders. In addition, he coordinates all four sessions of the Connecticut Baseball School and several hitting labs on campus throughout the year.
"As a former player of ours and a former student-assistant, he brings meticulous organizational, superior communication and excellent coaching skills to the program," said Penders. "His loyalty and work ethic are great examples for our student-athletes to follow."
Malinowski helped the Huskies to their most successful season in Penders' tenure as UConn broke into the national rankings in 2010 for the first time since the 1979 season. The Huskies earned a program-best 48-win season in 2010, while earning their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1994.
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.
As a senior at UConn, Malinowski played in 33 games and finished the year with a .260 batting average. He recorded three doubles and two homeruns as well as 19 RBIs on 27 hits. The two homeruns that season both came in the BIG EAST Tournament, including one in his final at-bat in a Husky uniform.
As a junior transfer from Wake Forest in 2004, Malinowski saw action in 25 games and recorded 16 hits and 13 runs scored. While at Wake Forest for two seasons, he played in 51 games as both a pitcher and catcher. He held a .227 average as a freshman with 21 runs and 20 RBIs. In his first collegiate game, he went 4-for-5 with four runs scored to become the first freshman in Wake Forest history to tally four hits in his debut.
Malinowski is a native of Kensington, Conn. and graduated from UConn with a degree in coaching and administration in 2007.