One legendary baseball coach has announced that he will be retiring towards the end of March, ending an incredible 54-season tenure at the helm highlighted by multiple NCAA Tournament appearances and several conference championships.
Siena announced that head coach Tony Rossi will be leaving the college's baseball program on March 20th, marking the end of an amazing tenure that saw him take the program from a 10-man Divison II roster to multiple NCAA Divison I Tournaments.
"Tony Rossi has defined Siena Baseball for more than five decades," Siena College Vice President and Director of Athletics John D'Argenio said in a statement. "He grew what was a Division II team with just 10 players when he started, into a Division I program with scholarship athletes that has gone on to win five MAAC Championships and played in NCAA Tournaments."
Over the course of his career, Rossi led the Saints to 936 victories, a MAAC record, and five MAAC Tournament victories. He also led the program to its only NCAA Tournament victory in 2014. He helped guide 56 former players to play professional baseball following their college careers, with 38 of them signing with a team in Major League Baseball. Four of those players eventually made the Big Leagues.
Rossi's final games will come against Richmond on March 18th and 19th, after which assistant coach Joe Sheridan will take over as interim head coach at Siena.
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