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Legendary YSU coach Dom Rosselli dies

Published: Tue, October 7, 2008 @ 2:10 p.m.


The Vindicator

Dom Rosselli with Tony Lariccia with the 12 foot 1500 pound statue dedicated to Dom Rosselli.

Youngstown State University's legendary basketball coach Dom Rosselli died early Tuesday, the school has announced on its Web site.

"The Youngstown State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is deeply saddened to announce the passing of former men's basketball and baseball head coach Dom Rosselli, who died at the age of 93 Tuesday morning, Oct. 7, 2008," according to the Web site. "The school's winningest basketball and baseball coach, Rosselli guided Youngstown State's basketball and baseball teams for 38 and 31 years, respectively. Rosselli accumulated more than 1,000 career victories for the Red and White. He also served as an assistant football coach for 21 seasons. "

The hall of famer - both the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame and the Youngstown State University Athletics Hall of Fame have honored him – is survived by his wife, Connie, four children and several grandchildren.

For details, see Wednesday's Vindicator and www.vindy.com.


1Ken(153 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

An absolute humble gentleman, family man and one of the valley's greatest figures! Sincere sympathies to Connie, children and grandchildren!

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2umpire7586(4 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

For at least three generations of fans in this valley Coach Rosselli was the face of Youngstown College (State University) basketball and baseball. Look at some of the great teams and players he developed, all the time showing what was good about the valley. I remember going to games at the South Fieldhouse and later at Fitch high school to see the powerhouse Division II teams of the 1960's play great games against rivals like Gannon, Ashland, and Akron. I also remember the packed house when YSU finally opened their own building and played Ohio University and then had the great teams led by Jeff Covington in the 1970's. I also had the experience of umpiring a few games in baseball that he was the head coach. The biggest thing I remember was how he worried about getting back the baseballs after the game, my guess being he needed them for batting practice since their budget was not very large. I am very proud that YSU was able to honor him over the last few years while he was still here to see just what he meant to the school and the valley. Too many times we never honor our best until they are gone, at least this time we did it in time. Goodbye coach, thanks for everything.

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