Rollins Head Lacrosse Coach Andrew Baxter Steps Down

"I am excited about the prospect of building upon the foundation that Coach Baxter has created in the program's first three years, and am looking forward to continuing to build a successful team in the seasons to come," Rossi continued. "We have some great returning players, an impressive freshman class, and an extremely talented incoming class for the 2012 season. The next few years of Rollins lacrosse are crucial to the program's development, and I am honored to be a part of that progress. The potential here are Rollins is endless, and I hope to be a part of that growth for years to come."

Before coming to Rollins, Rossi spent four years at Western Connecticut State University as a Defensive Coordinator for two seasons before being promoted to Assistant Coach with defensive responsibilities.

RJ began his stint at Western Connecticut after four seasons as the varsity coach at nearby Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, where he built a solid foundation for the growing program. In 2006, he was named Class "M" Coach of the Year as well as Danbury News Times All-Area Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

During his time at Ridgefield, he coached the program's first ever All-American, as well as five All-State players, and 15 All-League players in just four years. He also coached three consecutive First Team Academic All-Americans, and sent eight players to Division I programs, and 11 to DIII institutions.

He began his collegiate playing career as a two-year starter on defense/LSM at Guilford College in 1986 and 87. Following his sophomore campaign in 1987, Rossi transferred to Syracuse University where he became a member of the Orangemen's lacrosse "home" team as a walk on during the spring of 1988, where he played for one season. He later graduated from Syracuse in 1990 with a BS in Marketing Management.

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