LaRossa Headed to Hartford

11/19/2012, 2:30am EST
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)
Johnnie LaRossa

Johnnie LaRossa of North Massapequa has formally committed to attend the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. LaRossa will be on the roster of the baseball team starting in the fall of 2013, and will compete for a spot on the left side of the infield. The Hawks play Division 1 athletics in the America East Conference.

“I feel great about choosing Hartford,” said LaRossa. “It’s a great opportunity to play there and help build the program.”

The 6-foot tall is a talented shortstop / third baseman who also can play outfield. He batted third all year at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, NY. He also led Hanks Yanks 18U team over the entire summer with a .374 batting average.

Johnnie LaRossa

LaRossa had substantive discussions with about six schools on the east coast. Hartford seemed like the best fit both both academically and athletically. LaRossa visited the campus with his father in October, and felt very comfortable there. Head Coach Justin Blood and Assistant Coach Steve Malinowski showed the LaRossa’s around campus and asked them to observe a team workout and practice. They also met Coach Mike Nemeth, who works with the infielders. Shortly thereafter this visit, LaRossa chose to formally commit to the school.

“I feel like they are good coaches and they will help me get to the next level,” explained LaRossa. “Coach Nemeth works the guys hard and helps get them better. And Coach Blood told me he’d help me with everything.”

“I feel that his hard work and dedication paid off,” explained LaRossa’s father, John. “It’s a good place for him. He can live up to his full potential as he continues with his college baseball career. It’s also a good match for him socially and academically.”

LaRossa plans to major in either accounting or sports management.