April 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - Former Georgetown Baseball Coach Larry Geracioti, who guided the Hoyas to consecutive BIG EAST Championship appearances in the mid-1980s, passed away on Sunday at age 85.
Geracioti, who was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 2008, was one of the nation's winningest managers and he enjoyed a long and successful career as an administrator and educator.
While on the Hilltop, Geracioti amassed 110 wins from 1986-93, fourth-most all-time. In his first year, he helped guide the Hoyas to their second consecutive BIG EAST Championships appearance by going 12-6 in the conference. He also managed the last GU team to finish a season above .500 as the 1986 team ended the year at 23-22.
"I'm proud to say that I have followed in the steps of Coach Geracioti," current Georgetown Head Coach Pete Wilk said. "I've gotten to know him through the years and he was not only a great baseball mind and a great baseball coach, but he was a wonderful human being. Georgetown is fortunate to have someone of his stature associated with this program."
Prior to Georgetown, Geracioti (USAF Captain, ret.), a decorated World War II veteran of both European and Pacific theatres of operation (Air Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters), accumulated a 245-45 record over 10 seasons at New York University, including a third-place finish at the 1969 College World Series and NCAA District II Coach of the Year honors.
While at NYU he was extensively involved with international competition (Germany 1960, World Tournament in Italy, 1973) in addition to his committee work as the chairman of the Television Committee for the College World Series.
After graduating from Missouri State in 1950, Geracioti was recalled to military service for the Korean War. He began his coaching career at New Mexico in 1952, where he served as an assistant football coach and basketball coach, as well as the head of the physical training department and an instructor in the health and physical education department. From 1953-58, he held similar positions at Boston University, where he earned his master's in education. During the 1958-59 academic year, he served as a professor in the physical education department and as the intramural director at Columbia University.
Geracioti moved to New York University in 1959 and remained there until 1974. While at NYU he served as assistant director of athletics, chairman of the physical education department, head football coach, and assistant basketball coach while establishing himself as one of the nation's finest collegiate baseball coaches.
In 1974, Geracioti left NYU to become the Athletic Director and chairman of the physical education department at Wagner College. He remained there until 1978 when he became Director of Athletics at the University of Detroit. In 1981, he became the Director of Administration at Spour, Behrins, Campbell and Young, Inc., specializing in corporate business activities and personal financial planning for sports personalities.
Geracioti's career coaching baseball was not limited to college and international play as he also coached the USA Deaf National Team and the USA Native American Team.
After retiring from Georgetown, Geracioti continued to teach, creating a certificate program in sports management and was most recently the Director of Community Relations and Youth Sports Programs for the International Bowl.
"Playing and learning under Coach Geracioti has had more influence on my life and my career than any coach I have played for or worked under," former Georgetown baseball player, and current Wake Forest Head Coach, Tom Walter said at the time of Geracioti's induction to the Hall of Fame. "He taught me how to respect the game of baseball, he taught me how to treat people and he impressed upon me the value of conducting every aspect of your program with class. There is no doubt he is a hall-of-fame coach, but most importantly he is a hall-of-fame human being."
He was the father of the late Judy Ann Geracioti, and is survived by his wife, Mary Moschillo Geracioti; and his brother, Robert Geracioti of Lower Makefield.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Ignatius Church, Yardley. Burial will follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Ave. (River Road), Yardley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road, Blue Bell, PA 19422. FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Ave. (River Road), Yardley. -123 -