Rob Bono returns to Central Connecticut for his seventh season as an assistant coach in 2020. After pursuing a professional baseball career, Bono earned his degree from CCSU in Business Management and has been on the Blue Devils' staff for a pair of Northeast Conference championships.
Bono managed the Mystic Schooners of the NECBL and also has coaching experience with the Chatham Anglers of the prestigious Cape Cod Summer League where he was an assistant coach under manager John Schiffner.
Bono, a former pitcher, was drafted out of high school by the Houston Astros in the 11th round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was named a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2009 after winning 10 games with a 3.20 earned run average and allowing just 19 walks in 149 innings. Bono was traded to the Florida Marlins in 2010 for major league closer Matt Lindstrom. He advanced to Double A with the Marlins' organization and during his five-year professional career he had the opportunity to play for former major leaguers: Tom Lawless, Ron Hassey and Bill Buckner.
A native of Waterford, CT, Bono played baseball and basketball at Waterford High School and earned an opportunity to play at the University of Connecticut prior to signing a professional contract. As both a pitcher and catcher, he earned numerous accolades for baseball in high school including being named a 2007 All-American, a three-time New Haven Register All-State selection, the 2007 New London Day Player of the Year, and the 2007 Norwich Bulletin co-Player of the Year sharing the honor with current Major League Baseball starting pitcher, Matt Harvey.
Prior to his senior year of high school, Bono was selected that summer to play for the national American Legion team in the Tournament of Stars for Team USA in Joplin, MO. He also played for the Northeast team in the East Coast Professional Showcase in Wilmington, NC. Bono participated in back-to-back Babe Ruth World Series as a 13- and 14-year-old representing Waterford, CT.