Lou Colitti Coach passed away, Stonehill mourns his death

Lou Colitti Coach passed away

PC: Steve Adams

Lou Colitti Death – Louis “Lou” Colitti, class of ’66, a veteran baseball coach for Stonehill College, passed away on Thursday at the age of 78. Colitti was a seasoned baseball coach in the South Shore area who has served as an assistant coach at his alma mater in 2019 for current Stonehill head coach Patrick Boen, ’89. Between 1974 and 1994, the native of Brockton, Massachusetts, spent 20 years as the College’s head coach. He led Stonehill to regular-season Northeast-10 Conference titles in 1984 (10-2) and 1985 (9-3), as well as the NE10 Tournament crown in 1985 with a 6-3 victory over Bryant University.

Leading the 1980 Stonehill team

During the early years of the Conference’s existence, Stonehill also placed second in the NE10 standings two other times. Prior to that, he won New England Coach of the Year honors by leading the 1980 Stonehill team to an ECAC Championship. Colitti served as Rick Smith’s assistant coach at Bridgewater State University for 18 years prior to his return to Stonehill. Colitti contributed to nine NCAA Tournament berths, five MASCAC Tournament championships, and nine MASCAC Regular Season Championships.

The Junior College World Series

In his three years as an assistant coach at Brockton’s Massasoit Community College, Colitti helped the Warriors advance to postseason play each year, including a 1995 trip to the Junior College World Series. For two seasons, 1978 and 1979, he served as the head coach of the Brockton Merchants, the city’s first Cranberry League team. Lou is survived by his four children: Leanna L.A. Colitti – Stanley and her husband Ahbleza of Long Beach, CA; John D. Colitti and his wife Karen of Abington; Robert L. Colitti and his wife Lisa of Raynham; Matthew T. Colitti of Brockton.

Along with his nieces, nephews, and grandchildren Michael, Stephanie, Gabriella, and Benjamin, he is also survived by them. On Thursday, January 19th, from 4 to 8 p.m., there will be a visitation at the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont Street, Brockton. On Friday, January 20, at 10:00 a.m., a funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Mary on the Stonehill College campus, 320 Washington Street, Easton, Massachusetts. The family will decide when and where to have a private burial.

PC: Steve Adams

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