June 8, 2023

Kingston Excessive College’s varsity baseball crew may have its first new coach in practically 20 years, as former JV Coach Rob Parisian will take over for the spring 2023 season following the retirement of Mike Groppuso. 

Groppuso stepped down final week after 18 seasons guiding the Tigers, a run which included a state championship in 2012, seven Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation titles, and eight Part 9 crowns. 

“Coach Groppuso has been an impressive baseball coach for the Kingston neighborhood for a few years,” mentioned KCSD Athletics Director Wealthy Silverstein in a press launch. “Our athletes and coaches actually benefited from his abilities throughout his time with us.”

Parisian, who served as JV coach for six years, was appointed by the Board of Schooling throughout a gathering held on Wednesday, January 11. Parisian, a tenth grade international research trainer at Kingston Excessive, has a protracted historical past in native baseball, together with an early connection together with his predecessor Groppuso: Throughout Parisian’s senior 12 months at Saugerties Excessive College, he was captain of the varsity baseball crew throughout Groppuso’s first 12 months teaching that Kingston rival. 

Parisian was a part of the SUNY Ulster baseball crew that went to the Faculty World Sequence in 2004, incomes a baseball scholarship to the College of Bridgeport consequently. He picked up a Masters in schooling at Bridgeport whereas working as assistant baseball coach, and in 2009 he turned a nationally-certified umpire. He’s been with the KCSD as a trainer since 2011. 

“Rising up, sports activities stored me lively, wholesome and fostered a aggressive spirit,” Parisian mentioned within the district’s press launch. “I’ll do my greatest to make sure our student-athletes have this identical alternative.”

On the identical College Board assembly, Cameron Ott was appointed by trustees to change into the Tigers’ junior varsity coach.