Nine Serra Padres signed Division I athletic letters of intent to prestigious universities last week – the largest number ever signed in one day. Seven baseball players, a basketball player and a lacrosse player were joined by their families and friends to celebrate their outstanding achievements.
“It’s a very special day to see the commitment and hard work pay off for these kids,” said Serra Athletic Director Dean Ayoob. “This is a record number of signings we’ve had here at Serra in one year. That’s a testament to the hard work the kids have put in, and to the commitment of our coaches. Signing days are always my favorite part of the job, and today was no different.”
Senior Henry Caruso will play basketball at Princeton University in the fall.
“Henry is one of the hardest working players that I have ever coached,” said Head Basketball Coach Chuck Rapp. “His work ethic, commitment to the game and passion for the sport are second to none. He’s an inspiration to the entire Serra sports community. Not only is Henry an outstanding player, but he’s also an outstanding person, who frequently takes the time to help others and support his teammates. Princeton will be a great fit for Henry – good things happen to good people.”
Matt McGloin will play for the Mount St. Mary’s lacrosse team in Maryland.
“Matt’s going to go on to do fine things because of his work ethic,” said former Head Lacrosse Coach Bubba Sandford. “In my first year, Matt willingly played midfield for us, sacrificing points for the overall good of the team. Last year, Matt played attack and ended up with 120 points, the most of any player in Northern California. He was a consensus 1st team WCAL, and he was nominated for US Lacrosse High School American. Most important, Matt grew as a young man who demonstrated leadership as captain. He will represent Serra in an exemplary fashion while playing at the highest level of college lacrosse at Mount St. Mary.”
Head Baseball Coach Craig Gianinno is proud of his seven baseball players – Paul Murray (Western Kentucky University), Orlando Razo (UC Davis), Blake Peters (UC Davis), Jordan Paroubeck (Fresno State), Matt Gorgolinski (Loyola Marymount University), Michael Tinsley (University of Kansas) and Mickey McDonald (University of Illinois-Chicago).
“These young men are extremely talented baseball players,” Gianinno said. “Yet, what is evident and perhaps more important about this group, is they care about each other and are committed to one another. The relationships they have developed with each other I believe will last for many years beyond Serra. They all want to see their brother succeed. It has been a privilege to coach these student-athletes and to observe their development as baseball players and solid young men with a strong foundation. Our community of teachers, mentors and brothers have played an integral role in supporting these young men, and they have helped them to achieve their goals. The old adage rings true – ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’”