ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Tony Rossi’s first venture into coaching at Siena actually started with the JV lacrosse team. In 1970, Rossi was asked to take over the baseball program,
“The athletic director now was a late person and he asked me if I wanted to coach baseball that I was giving it up and I said absolutely cause that’s my sport,” Rossi said.
Rossi fell in love with the game of baseball at an early age and even had a chance to play professionally after graduating from Colonie High School
“the Dodgers were at my last game there were three of them my parents were not sports minded actually told them no.”
After taking the job at Siena Rossi never left. This season marks number fifty for the long time head coach, he is the longest tenured coach in division one baseball,
“it’s a long time but it’s funny I don’t feel it, I don’t feel it was that long.”
Rossi is third all time in NCAA Baseball history in seasons coached.