Jan. 16, 2001
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- - UAB Baseball Coach Larry Giangrosso, who has coached on both the high school and collegiate level over the last 26 seasons, was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Jan. 12.
Giangrosso, who will begin his second season at his alma mater this spring, coached at W.A. Berry High School (now Hoover High) from 1975-1990. Giangrosso served as head baseball coach at Central Alabama Community College for nine seasons and athletics director for seven years, before being named the third baseball coach in UAB history on June 16, 1999.
While at Berry High, Giangrosso's baseball teams won five regional championships and also captured four Jefferson County baseball titles. Over his 12 years as baseball head coach, 42 players received scholarships to junior colleges, colleges and universities. One of his players, Jeff Brantley, is entering his 14th major league season. In 1982, Giangrosso was chosen as the Class 4A Coach of the Year and held the position of President of the Jefferson County Baseball Coaches Association, the oldest organization of its kind in the nation.
Giangrosso did not limit his talents to just baseball while at Berry High. He held the position of defensive coordinator for the football team from 1974 to 1990 and held his opponents to 11 points per game. The 1982 team captured the state championship and the 1988 squad finished as runner-up. Giangrosso also coached basketball for 15 seasons and his 1982 freshman team won 25 straight contests en route to finishing second in the state.
His next stop was at CACC, where he started the baseball program from scratch. Over his nine seasons, he posted a 320-183-2 (63.6%) record, including eight consecutive winning seasons. His 1998 club captured the Alabama Junior College and Community Colleges Conference Division I championship, while his teams also won three Central Division titles. Giangrosso earned three AJCCC Central Division Coach of the Year accolades while at CACC.
Over Giangrosso's nine seasons, 90 of his 102 players (88.2%) who played two seasons, earned scholarships to four-year schools, including every sophomore from 1995 to 1999.
Each of his teams carried a 3.0 grade point average or better and the program enjoyed a 100 percent graduation rate. He had 20 players named Academic All-Region, four tabbed Academic All-America and one was a distinguished Academic All-American.
Also during his time at CACC, Giangrosso held the position of Chairman and Secretary of the AJCCC from 1991 to 1999, President of the National Junior College Athletic Association in 1999 and coached a NJCAA national all-star team to three wins in a five-game series over a Japanese all-star squad. It was the only time that American squad had won that series with Japan.
Giangrosso has spoken at many coaching clinics across the nation and Canada, and had the honor of being a guest lecturer at the American Baseball Association Convention held in Atlanta in 1999.