Widener University Baseball Camps
Head Coach Mike LaRosa
Mike LaRosa enters his eighth season as the head baseball coach at Widener University. He has helped the Pride capture two Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth championships and an ECAC Southeast Region title during his tenure to date.
In LaRosa's tenure, Widener has posted five consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins and is the only team in the MAC Commonwealth to have advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament in each of the past five seasons.
The Pride posted a 21-19 record in 2018 and advanced to the MAC Commonwealth Tournament. Several members of the team garnered accolades at the conference, regional, and national level. Four players were named to All-Conference teams. Glenn Seymour was selected as a D3baseball.com All-Region honoree and Nick D'Alessandro was named a Second Team Academic All-American.
LaRosa, who also serves as the department’s travel and team itinerary coordinator, most recently piloted the Pride to a 26-15 record in 2017 and a berth in the MAC Commonwealth Championship. Eight players were named All-Conference with three garnering All-Region accolades. The Blue and Gold performed well in the classroom as Bob Barnett was named the MAC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year in baseball and was a CoSIDA Academic All-American with Greg McDonough picing up Academic All-District honors. McDonough was also recognized as an ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner. Continuing its high academic tradition as a team, four student-athletes were honored as Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area recipients.
In 2016, LaRosa guided Widener to its second MAC Commonwealth title and NCAA Regional appearance over the last three seasons. The program also produced seven all-conference selections, three all-region picks, four Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area winners and two Academic All-MAC honorees. In addition, Bob Barnett was named the program’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American since 2005 as well as the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Baseball Performer of the Year. The program, which finished with a 25-18-1 overall record, also extended its streak of posting a 3.0 team GPA or better to 10 semesters under LaRosa’s watch.
In 2015, LaRosa led the Pride to its second consecutive appearance in the league’s championship game and a 25-20 overall record. Widener won the ECAC Southeast Championship with a 7-5 victory over McDaniel and had four members earn All-MAC Commonwealth postseason laurels.
The 2014 season saw the Pride record a 33-13 mark to go along with a 16-5 league record and the school’s second Commonwealth Conference title. The squad set school records for overall victories and league wins while also competed in the NCAA Tournament for seventh time in school history. The Pride also won two games at the NCAA Mideast Regional over LaRoche and host Marietta.
Widener also swept the league awards that season, which included LaRosa being named the coach of the year. In addition, Michael Riverso was named the player of the year, Colin Weiss was tabbed pitcher of the year and Michael Elfreth was awarded rookie of the year accolades.
LaRosa has helped Widener register a 122-92-1 record overall, including a 60-42 mark in league play, over the last five seasons. Furthermore, the program has produced 25 all-conference and all-region players during his tenure.
Prior to Widener, LaRosa was an assistant coach at Neumann from 2010-11. He primarily was responsible for coaching the infielders, serving as the base running and assistant hitting coach as well as being the head coach of the JV program.
LaRosa was a four-year starter at second base for West Chester University, serving as captain his junior and senior seasons. He was tabbed All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference all four years and was named the NCAA Division II National Defensive Player of the Year in 2003. In addition, LaRosa graduated with a .362 career batting average and ranks fifth in school history with 234 hits. He helped the Rams win two PSAC East regular season titles and make three trips to the NCAA Tournament.
In September of 2017, LaRosa was honored for his playing time at WCU as he was inducted into the school's athletics hall of fame.
LaRosa, who played professionally for the New Haven County Cutters in the Canadian-American Independent Baseball League, graduated from West Chester in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and also earned his master’s degree in sport management from Neumann in 2012. He currently resides in Aston with his wife, Krista, and sons, Ryan and Connor.