MIKE DIPALMA

Baseball - 2002

Mike DiPalma graduated from Corning West in 1991 following five very productive years as a member of the Vikings baseball program. Mike was one of the most consistent hitters for West High during his varsity career, averaging between .350 and .400 while being a consistent run producer with occasional power. Not only did he help carry the Vikings to winning seasons at the plate but, he was one of the best defensive third basemen in the Sullivan Trail conference with a fielding percentage just over the .980 mark. He was named to the All-STC, first-team following his senior season and was also named to the All-Leader team.

A broken ankle on the last play of the season during his senior year hurt his chances of a Division I scholarship, but he came back from the injury with a determined rehab program and earned a baseball scholarship to Division II Salem-Teikyo University in Salem, West Virginia. Mike's leadership on and off the field earned him the respect of teammates and opponents alike. He capped his senior season with a .340 batting average, five home runs, 13 doubles and 28 runs batted in. For his efforts on and off the field, Mike was the recipient of the Joe Manchin Award which goes to the senior at Salem-Teikyo that represents an all around academic and athletic leadership with strong citizenship qualities. Following his senior season, Mike remained at Salem-Teikyo to earn his masters degree in Sports Management and also volunteered as an assistant coach for the baseball team. Currently Mike serves as the Assistant General Manager of the Atlantic City Hockey Club which is the home of the Boardwalk Bullies, an East Coast Hockey League expansion team.