Frank Pericolosi has served as head baseball coach at Pomona-Pitzer since 2003 and has become the winningest coach in program history over his first 16 seasons at the helm (394-251-1).
During Pericolosi's tenure, the Sagehens have captured four SCIAC championships (2003, 2007, 2009, 2010), made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament and have had four seasons with 30 or more wins. He guided the Sagehens to 25 wins or more in seven straight years (2007-13), during which the team has compiled an impressive 206-84-1 record. In both 2009 and 2010, the Sagehens picked up two NCAA Tournament victories at the West Regionals.
Pericolosi assembled one of the top teams in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics history in 2009, as the Sagehens finished with a 37-7 record and were ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III at one point. Ten of the players from the 2009 team have gone on to play professionally either in the Minor Leagues or overseas, including Drew Hedman and James Kang, who were teammates in the Boston Red Sox organization, and pitcher David Colvin, who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2011.
The Sagehens have also had seven different players earn the SCIAC Player of the Year Award under Pericolosi's tutelage. Jose Cortez first won the award in 2003, Zach Mandelblatt earned the honor in 2007, Hedman picked it up in 2009 (in addition to winning the National Player of the Year Award for Division III), while Kang was named the SCIAC Player of the Year in 2010. Simon Rosenbaum joined the list with a SCIAC Player of the Year honor in 2014, and Sam Fox made it back to back in 2015, and Tanner Nishioka earned the honor in 2017.
In addition to his success in the collegiate ranks, Coach Pericolosi has been involved in international baseball since 2000. He has been an assistant coach with the Swedish National Baseball Team for two years and was Major League Baseball International envoy coach in Sweden for three summers. He spent two summers as a player/coach for the Leksand Lumberjacks in Sweden and two years as a player/coach for the Brussels Kangaroos in Belgium.
While on sabbatical leave during the fall of 2009, Pericolosi served as an assistant coach with the Geelong Baycats of the Victorian Baseball League in Australia. During the summer of 2010, Pericolosi served as a coaching consultant with the San Martino Junior Baseball Club in Italy, and then worked as the head baseball coach for the Rattvik Butchers Baseball Club in Sweden during the summer of 2011. During the fall of 2017, Pericolosi will be on sabbatical leave researching pitching instruction, training and development.
Before arriving at Pomona-Pitzer, Pericolosi served as an assistant coach with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League where he coached former and current Major Leaguers Sean White, Chris Dickerson, Mike Aviles, Taylor Tankersley and Anthony Gwynn. Pericolosi also spent two years assistant coach at Springfield College where he earned a master’s degree in physical education. He began his coaching career at Pomona-Pitzer, where he served as an assistant football and a baseball coach from 1997-1998. Pericolosi was also a member of the Pomona-Pitzer football staff from 2002-2005.
Pericolosi is a 1997 graduate of Williams College with a degree in history. A two-sport athlete for the Ephs, Pericolosi was named All-Conference and All-Region in baseball and was a member of football teams that compiled a record of 28-3-1 in four years. Pericolosi played two summers with the Middletown Giants of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and was an All-Star and named All-League in 1995.
Pericolosi is a native of Granby, Connecticut and attended Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford where here was named All-State in baseball and honorable mention All-State in football during his senior year.