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Rob Hardy (’14) Hired to Lead Player Development at Rice University

Former General pitcher Rob Hardy (’14) was recently hired by Rice University as the Director of Player Development. Hardy who has worked his way up the ladder in the coaching ranks. Hardy first entered the collegiate coaching ranks as a student assistant at Binghamton University during the 2017 season. The Bearcats achieved a 30-13 record that spring, with Hardy assisting in the development of a pitching staff. Rob then moved to a graduate assistant at Bloomsburg University in PA where he helped recruit and develop a conference winning team in 2019 in the highly competitive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He helped guide Bloomsburg to 66 wins, consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, and the program’s first PSAC title in 54 years, spanning his two seasons as the Huskies’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator 

Rob has spent the last two seasons at DI Siena College helping guide the program through the COVID pandemic. He helped develop two Siena Baseball players who were honored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference following stellar regular seasons. Sophomore pitcher John Lumpinski earned Second Team All-MAAC honors, while Connor Bovair named to the MAAC All-Rookie squad. 

Hardy was a Clinton High School graduate before joining Herkimer as a player in 2012-13 season. As a freshman Hardy posted a 3-2 record with a 1.98 ERA over 27.1 innings with 23 strikeouts and only 9 walks. Hardy helped lead Herkimer to a World Series appearance in 2014 his sophomore season. He worked 41 innings making 8 starts and also used as a closer where he posted 4-2 record with 1 save.  

Hardy then moved on to play division one baseball for Binghamton University. Rob had a strong junior season for the Bearcats going 3-4 as a conference starter with wins over VMI, Hartford, NYIT and also went 5 strong innings against Auburn University allowing only 1 hit and no runs. He finished with 57.1 innings pitched on the year. As a senior Rob moved to a more fitting role in the bullpen and thrived being named All Conference with a 3.88 ERA with 7 saves and 45 K’s with 16 BB in 65 innings pitched. BU won the regular season conference and Rob pitched the final four innings to win conference tournament where he struck out the final two batters and didn't allow an earned run in his outing. He helped Binghamton move on to Texas A&M and the NCAA DI Regionals, their 3rd regional appearance in a four year span. 

Head Coach Jason Rathbun said "Rob was a soft throwing, unrecruited athlete out of high school. Everything Rob has accomplished has come from within his own self determination to be great. The guy is a tireless worker who will accomplish any goal his puts his mind to. He is headed towards greatness in his professional life and we are so glad to have him as a part of our Herkimer family."

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