Feb. 6, 2007
Scott Malinowski and Andrew See are each entering their first seasons as full time assistants on the Ohio baseball coaching staff, but neither is a new addition the Ohio University team. Both Malinowski and See played under Head Coach Joe Carbone and served as graduate assistants to the long-time Ohio coach. Malinowski and See are back in 2007 as colleagues on Carbone's coaching staff.
See currently serves as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator while Malinowski is primarily responsible for the hitting side of the game.
Both coaches had stellar careers while playing for Carbone and the Bobcats. Malinowski started all four years as a player from 1995-98 and won a Mid-American Conference Championship his junior season. He is tied for second all-time in Ohio history with 53 career doubles and tied for seventh all-time with 218 career hits. Malinowski is also ninth all-time with 136 career runs scored.
See was a career .350 hitter for the Bobcats and also spent time as a starting pitcher and closer for the team from 1999-2001. He transferred to Ohio after his freshman season at Georgia. Despite playing only three seasons for the Bobcats, he is seventh all-time with 33 career home runs. See recorded a .647 slugging percentage as a Bobcat, second all-time in Ohio history. He totaled 70 RBI in the 2001 season, nine more than any Ohio player has ever recorded in a single season.
Coaching was not necessarily the first choice for Malinowski and See, but both have found their way back to the dugout in Athens after brief professional careers. After playing two years in the New York Mets farm system, Malinowski received an opportunity to coach for the Durham Braves of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer league. The move spurred his decision to take up coaching.
"I have always loved Athens," added Malinowski, who coached under Carbone each of the last three season's as a graduate assistant. "It was an easy choice for me to get into coaching here."
As for See, he knew he wanted to get back into coaching while playing his first season of professional baseball for the Chillicothe Paints of the Frontier League.
"During that first year I looked at places to go to grad school, and it worked out with Ohio," See said. "It allowed me to stay close to home and still return to Chillicothe and play a few more seasons. It is an honor to coach at your alma mater."
See served as Ohio's graduate assistant during the 2003 season and spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Appalachian State. He also served as the head coach of the Southern Ohio Copperheads, a member of the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League, for the 2005 summer season.
Malinowski and See both feel that it is to their benefit having spent time as a player for Carbone. They know what he is looking for and how he wants things handled.
"On his side of it, he is more comfortable with us because he knows that we know what to expect and the way things should be done," Malinowski said. "He has his own way of organizing things, and being players and former graduate assistants we know how he wants things done and he trusts us."
See added that the coaching staff's knowledge of each other and the program helps in the recruitment of new players as well.
"We get guys that can still fit coach's mold as far as offensive capabilities, but we still look more at speed and defense," See said. "We know what he likes in guys as far as mental toughness."
While See and Malinowski both had standout careers playing under Carbone, they described their relationship with the Bobcat skipper as completely different from then and now. Malinowski described how the relationship with Carbone has changed now that he is a full time member of the coaching staff instead of a student-athlete.
"I think it is different in a good way in the fact that you get to see more of his personality and get to know him on a more personal level," Malinowski said. "With the player-coach relationship there is a wall, but in getting to know him more personally I have gained a lot more respect for him."
See mentioned another new dynamic to how the relationship changes.
"Sometimes as a player you may question why we do some things or how some things are handled," See said. "Now we get the chance to see the coaching aspect and the `why' behind it."
As the pitching coach, See said that his experience as a hitting coach at Appalachian State will be a benefit to the players.
"It is going to help me because I will be able to take what I teach hitting wise and counter that with what I teach the pitchers," See said. "The one thing I want to stress is mechanics and release point. I think our guys are headed down the right track to being competitive."
The Bobcats are set to open the 2007 season Feb. 16-18 with a road match up at Vanderbilt. The Commodores, led by a pair preseason All-America selections, are ranked in the top 12 in every national poll. Neither Malinowski nor See said that they are nervous for their first year as full time assistant coaches at Ohio.
"If anything, the nervousness is eagerness to get going," See said. "I am excited to see our guys compete against someone else. These guys have grown through the winter and it's exciting."
Malinowski echoed the feelings.
"It is more excitement than nervousness," he said. "I have been looking forward to the challenge."