Saints to Battle Unanimous No. 1 Gators in Three-Game Weekend Set in Gainesville
Saints Open at Defending National Champion Florida Feb. 16
Rossi Appoints Volunteer Assistant
Saints Welcome Initial Commitments to Class of 2022
Saints Set to Welcome Seven Newcomers Total to 2018 Squad
Baseball at Florida (2/16/18)
Baseball at Marist (5/19/17)
Baseball vs. Monmouth (4/8/17)
Baseball at Murray State (3/5/17)
Baseball vs. Pitt at Historic Dodgertown (2/24/17)
In 2017, Siena recorded 16 of their 20 wins on the road, tying for the program's most wins since winning 18 road games in 2005. With Rossi's guidance, the Saints boasted a conference-high and program record-tying three First Team All-MAAC Selection in Senior Dan Swain, and juniors Jordan Bishop and Joe Drpich.
In 2016, the Saints made it to their fourth consecutive MAAC Championship Series. On April 9 vs. Quinnipiac, Rossi recorded his 832nd victory to surpass former Canisius softball coach Mike Rappl as the all-time winningest coach in any sport in MAAC history.
In 2015, Siena made its third consecutive appearance in the MAAC Championship Series.
In 2014, Rossi guided the Saints to their fifth MAAC Championship (first since 1999) and second NCAA Tournament appearance. Siena knocked off Dallas Baptist 9-8 in 10 innings in the Fort Worth Regional for the program's first NCAA victory, the biggest win in school history. The MAAC Championship victory over Canisius marked Rossi's benchmark 800th career victory.
Rossi has defined Siena baseball over the years, building it from a Division II team with 10 players to a championship Division I program with 24 scholarship student athletes.
Over the past four-plus decades, Rossi has coached 37 players who have gone on to sign professional contracts and three who have reached the highest level (Gary Holle '71, Tim Christman '01 and John Lannan '07-'14.). With the addition of baseball scholarships, Rossi has been able to recruit against the top programs in the country. In 2010, Dan Paolini led the nation in home runs per game, and was the first player in Siena College history to earn All-American recognition, garnering a spot on Collegiate Baseball's Second Team.
Skip, as he is affectionately known, spends a good deal of his time recruiting, organizing and fundraising, so the program can continue to grow and remain successful.
Since entry into the MAAC, prior to the 1990 season, Rossi has guided the Saints to a 355-273 (.565) record in the conference. He has been named MAAC Coach of the Year six times: 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001 and most recently in 2005. Rossi has also coached six MAAC Rookies of the Year and six MAAC Players of the Year. Over his time, Siena has captured four MAAC regular-season titles and five MAAC Tournament championships.
Prior to 1999 there was only one step left for the Siena baseball program to take - qualifying for the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. That feat was accomplished by the 1999 Saints, who finished the year 21-5 in the MAAC, and swept through the MAAC Tournament outscoring their opponents 35-7. Siena advanced to the Winston Salem Regional where it lost to host Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.
Rossi and the Saints returned to the Big Dance 15 years later after making an improbable run from the loser's bracket to capture the MAAC title. After a heartbreaking 2-1 11-inning loss to Regional host and #7 national seed TCU, Siena shocked the college baseball world, rallying from 7-0 down to walk off with a 9-8 victory over nationally ranked Dallas Baptist. Sam Houston State ended Siena's magical ride the next day.
In 2014, Rossi also earned his milestone 800th career win. Rossi has been elected to the Siena Sports Hall of Fame (1985) and the Albany Twilight League (1985) Hall of Fame. He is a 1965 graduate of Brockport State College (now the College at Brockport), where he excelled in baseball for three seasons, earning SUNY All-Star each year. In 1964, he had the highest batting average (.477) in the East.
Rossi and his wife, Val, live in Schenectady and have two children, Scott and Kristen.
Coach Rossi Through the Years
*First Division I season
DIVISION I RECORD: 809-976-7 (.453)
DIVISION II RECORD: 60-70-1 (.462)
Coach Rossi In the MAAC
^ denotes Regular Season Champs
* denotes Tournament Champs