|Title:||Assistant Baseball Coach|
Joe Russo, a well-accomplished baseball coach in the NCAA and otherwise, has joined head coach Tom Sowinski's staff at Queens College for the 2012 season. Previously in the collegiate ranks, he coached at Division I, St. John's University from 1973-96, where accumulated a spring record of 612-310 (.664).
Russo was a four-year baseball standout at St. John's, including serving as a team captain in 1966. He participated for two seasons in the famed Cape Cod League (1963-64) during the summer months, and later went on to represent the United States at the Global World Series in Hawai'i in 1966.
A 1997 inductee into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Russo's time as the bench boss at St. John's was legendary. He also registered a 399-133 mark in fall baseball contests with the Red Storm, good for an overall record of 1,011-443 (.695). Russo was twice named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year (1990-91), and in 1980 received Northeast Coach of the Year praise. The winningest head coach in St. John's history, he received a bachelor's degree from the school in history.
Internationally, Russo was the head coach of Team USA at the 1995 Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as for the New York/Tokyo Friendship Series in Japan from 1989-90. An experienced clinician, he has had a pair of books published: Championship Baseball: Techniques, Fundamentals and Drills (1985, Prentice-Hall); and The Fundamentals of Coaching and Playing Baseball (1998, Allyn and Bacon).
A winner of both the North Shore University Hospital and Police Athletic League service awards in 1990, Russo was inducted into the Abp. Molloy (1985) and Christ the King (1990) High School Halls of Fame for his illustrious accomplishments. He has coordinated both the Willie Randolph Summer Sports Experience, and Derek Jeter Turn 2 Foundation clinics throughout Queens and Manhattan for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Russo resides in Flushing, N.Y.