As a player, LaRosa was a four-year starter at second base for the West Chester University Golden Rams, serving as the teams' 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 inducted into the West Chester University Athletics Hall of Fame!
Coach 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 University in 2012.