Inaugural Bears Athletic Fund First Pitch Dinner a Success

Inaugural Bears Athletic Fund First Pitch Dinner a Success

Photo Gallery 

Carle Place, N.Y. – The inaugural NYIT Bears Athletic Fund First Pitch Dinner, presented by the NYIT athletic department on Tuesday evening, was an outstanding event as the 200+ guests along with the baseball and softball programs got together to celebrate the upcoming season. Held at The Chateau Briand in Carle Place, N.Y., the venue was accommodating to all those who came out in support. 

In addition to serving as a fundraiser, this signature Bears Athletic Fund event was an opportunity for Bears fans, supporters and alumni to meet the 2017 teams, as they gear up for their respective campaigns. The guests of this event also had the opportunity to hear from John Morris, Professional Scout and a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Cincinnati Reds. He spent three seasons with the Seton Hall Pirates, where his name remains littered throughout the school record book where he still ranks second in career triples (16) and batting average (.418), and third in home runs (28). In 1982, his final season in a Seton Hall uniform, Morris put together arguably the finest season a Pirate has ever had at the plate, standing among the top-five in school history in eight different major offensive categories to this day.

 In '82, the Kansas City Royals selected him 10th overall in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, making him the third Pirate ever selected in the top-10. Morris went on to enjoy a seven-year major league career as an outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and the then California Angels, highlighted by an appearance in the 1987 World Series.

Following Morris was the architect of the NYIT baseball program, Bob Hirschfield. He was at the helm of the program from 1982-2011, amassing a 668-715-15 overall record in 30 seasons. He was the first coach at NYIT to reach the 500-win mark and is responsible for 73% of NYIT all-time baseball victories. "Hirsch" coached the Blue and Gold to their first NCAA Division I Tournament in` 1983 and had four players earn ABCA Division I All-America status. The Long Island native watched 55 of his student-athletes pursue professional careers after their time in an NYIT uniform. Last summer he was inducted into the NYIT Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Bears Athletic Fund would like to thank all supporters of the event, especially the title sponsor Merchant Pro Express, as well as Merrick Dodge Jeep Ram, Unlimited Sports Action and the Long Island Bears Travel Baseball Organization.

The Bears Athletic Fund directly supports the NYIT Department of Athletics and our 200+ student athletes. The Bears Athletic Fund strives to embrace and engage the most dedicated Bears fans within the NYIT community to further promote the passion and camaraderie that makes the University so unique. You can make a tax-deductible contribution and join the Bears Athletic Fund today by contacting Development Officer Rachel Reeves at 516.686.1215 or


About NYIT

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 12,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.

NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, nearly 100,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit


Emily Dorko
Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications
O: 516.686.7522