Hibbing Community College has announced that former Cardinal assistant coach Bob DeNucci has been elevated to head coach of the HCC squad. Dave Bevacqua recently announced his retirement from Hibbing, creating the opportunity for DeNucci, who served as both an assistant coach and as the HCC recruiting coordinator for four seasons.
DeNucci is a 2001 graduate of Nashwauk-Keewatin High School and competed under Coach Bevacqua in his prep career. Additionally, DeNucci was a member of the 1999 N-K Minnesota State Championship American Legion team (d2) and earned State All-Tournament Team honors as a part of the 2001 N-K team that went 25-1 and placed 3rd in State. A familiar face in the MCAC Baseball ranks, DeNucci played his collegiate baseball at Itasca Community College where ICC finished as Region runner up in both seasons. DeNucci and the Vikings won the 2003 MCAC State Championship; he also played point guard for the Vikings basketball team.
Prior to his role as an assistant at Hibbing, Coach DeNucci coached at the youth, VFW and Legion levels in both the Nashwauk – Keewatin and Greenway communities, as well as serving as a player/coach at the amateur level with the Marble Mallards.
Bob resides in Nashwauk and enjoys hunting and fishing when he’s not at the baseball diamond