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Sasso Leaves Nipmuc Baseball for College Softball Gig

Nipmuc junior varsity baseball coach Larry Sasso is leaving the program after three years after being named the head softball coach at Anna Maria College in Worcester.
"I am really excited," Sasso told the Crier. "This is going to be my first run at coaching a softball team, but the more I learn about the job and the recruiting aspect, the more I am excited about it."
Sasso's Nipmuc JV teams have won more than 50 games over the past three season and he has compiled more than three decades of coaching experience. Prior to coaching at Nipmuc, Sasso, 51, lead the St. Peter Marian JV squad and is currently the head coach of East Side Post 201 American Legion and a head coach in the Massachusetts Team Orange Showcase Baseball League.
After he began exploring the possibility of taking the job, Sasso said he watched another baseball-turned-softball coach, Milford's Steve DiVitto, and became convinced he could be a fit to lead the college program.
"They know I can handle the leadership and running a team and everything else that goes with it," he said. "It boils down to good pitching, good defense, keeping the team working hard, just like it was at Nipmuc."
"He is a hardworking coach with a great attitude looking for an opportunity to develop high character student-athletes on and off the field" Anna Maria AD Serge DeBari said. "I believe Sasso has a great deal of experience and a great passion for coaching to bring to the softball program."
Sasso, 51, is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and said he has already immersed himself into his new charge. He's traveled around New England attending softball showcases in search of the best talent and surrounding himself with a top-quality group of assistant coaches.
"These young ladies are talented, they know the game, they are fundamentally sound," he said. "They want to continue their education and play softball and Anna Maria is a great place for both."
Even faced with the opportunity to lead a college program, Sasso said leaving Nipmuc was not an easy decision.
"It was tough to break off from this group," he said. "Of all the places I have coached, the kids, the families, the faculty here are all great. In three years we didn't lose often and it is hard to leave, but this was a bigger challenge for me."




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