CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard University has named Thomas (Tom) Lo Ricco as its interim head baseball coach in an announcement from Bob Scalise, the Nichols Family Director of Athletics.
Lo Ricco enters his eighth season on the Harvard staff and has served as its recruiting coordinator since his arrival. He will lead the program in its transition while the University conducts a nationwide search for its head coach following the unexpected death of head coach Joe Walsh on July 31, 2012.
Lo Ricco joined the Crimson following numerous stints as an assistant and head coach of several high-profile Division III programs throughout the region. Most recently, he spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant at Western New England. At Harvard, Lo Ricco heads the Crimson's recruiting efforts and has already landed one Ivy League Rookie of the Year to go with a growing list of capable all-conference talent.
Prior to WNEC, Lo Ricco served as the head coach at Westfield State where he posted a 34 victories including 21 during his final year in 2004. Lo Ricco also served as head coach for six years at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts from 1996-2002 where he posted a 112-111-2 record.
There, his teams reached the ECAC Division III Tournament during his final three years, winning the tournament in 2001 with an overall record of 24-19. His next, and final, season at MCLA was his best as the team posted a 29-10-1 record en route to Lo Ricco being named the MSCAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Other collegiate coaching stops have included Wofford College, the University of Massachusetts, and Springfield College. Lo Ricco is a 1987 graduate from Massachusetts with a BA in accounting. He earned his master's degree of athletic administration in 1995 from Springfield.
Lo Ricco resides in Holliston, Mass. with his wife Jennie and two children, Anthony (10) and Sophia (7).