AMHERST, Mass. – Head Coach J.P. Pyne has announced the hiring of new Amherst College baseball assistant coach Kyle Bonicki, who will join the Mammoths for the 2019-20 school year.
Bonicki is a former infielder who played for Pyne during his time at Clark University, and he graduated in 2018 holding several of the program's career records.
"I am very excited to welcome Kyle Bonicki to the Amherst College baseball coaching staff.," said Pyne. "Kyle was an exceptional player that always displayed a tireless work ethic, toughness and true leadership. I have no doubt that those same qualities will make him a great coach."
Most recently, Bonicki played professionaly for the Bakersfield Train Robbers of the Pecos League, where he was the starting second baseman on the 2018 Pecos League Championship team. He also won a title in the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL), where he was a 2019 All-Star with the Utica Unicorns.
Bonicki finished his professional career with a .278 batting average and 9 home runs.
A two year captain at Clark and a three-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) First Team election, Bonicki graduated with the Cougar's career records in runs scored (162), total bases (317), doubles (45), stolen bases (53), batting average (.480) and on-base percentage (.480).
As a junior, Bonicki batted .391 with 50 runs scored, 20 doubles and 107 total bases, earning him D3Baseball.com New England Player of the Year honors and a spot on the All-American teams from D3Baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Summer league stints for Bonicki include time with the Nashua Silver Knights and the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, both of the Futures Collegiate Basbeall League (FCBL). Bonicki won the league championship for the Knights as the starting shortstop in 2017 and was an FCBL All-Star in 2016, when he hit .403 for the Dirt Dawgs.
Bonicki joins an Amherst College baseball team that is just two years removed from a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship and their ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament.