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Tony Rossi   40
Tony  Rossi

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
The College at Brockport '65

Experience:
46th season


For the 46th consecutive season, Tony Rossi will call the shots for the Siena baseball program. He is the second longest tenured active Division I head coach in the nation behind only Augie Garrido of Texas (46 years), and the longest tenured at the same institution. Rossi is the winningest coach in school history in any sport, and the winningest active coach in the MAAC.

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 decades, Rossi has coached 36 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-Pres.). 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 in to the MAAC, prior to the 1990 season, Rossi has guided the Saints to a 315-244 (.564) 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 five MAAC Rookies of the Year and six MAAC Players of the Year. Over this 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 out-scoring 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

YEARW-LPCT.
19707- 10.467
19717-12.368
19727- 8.467
19732-16.111
197412-7.667
197512-8.600
197613-9-1.565
1977*12-11.522
197815-17.469
197915-14.517
198016-12.571
198117-18.486
198212-17.414
198315-10-1.577
198413-17.433
198522-13-1.611
198621-11.656
198713-16.448
198816-17.484
198919-14.576
19906-24-1.210
199112-25.324
19928-25.242
199311-24.314
199415-22.405
199531-17.646
199628-20.583
199721-34.382
199817-32.347
199934-22.607
200015-32.319
200129-29.500
200228-29.491
200317-35-1.406
200427-26.506
200529-23.557
200623-31-1.430
200712-33.270
200830-26.536
200915-35.300
201027-27.500
201128-30.483
201218-37.327
201327-30.474
201427-33.450
44 YRS801-958-6.458

*First Division I season
DIVISION I RECORD: 702-850-5 (.452)
DIVISION II RECORD: 72-78-1 (.477)

Coach Rossi In the MAAC

YEARW-LPCT.
19905-6.455
199111-6.647
19925-13.278
19937-11.389
19948-10.444
1995^* 14-4.778
1996^* 14-4.778
1997*10-8.556
199811-15.423
1999^* 21-5.808
200012-14.462
2001^19-8.704
200217-9.654
200315-11.577
200413-12.520
200519-5.792
200612-15.440
200710-13.430
200815-8.652
20099-15.375
201013-11.542
201114-10.583
20128-16.333
201315-9.625
2014*17-7.708
25 YRS315-244 .564

^ denotes Regular Season Champs
* denotes Tournament Champs
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