Honoring Leadership

Rick DeAngelis '70 has established a leadership award in memory of his coach, the late Robert T. Curran '48. A two-sport captain for the Crusaders, Curran was a three-year starter in baseball and a key man on the Crusaders' 1947 NCAA men's basketball championship team. In his role as baseball coach from 1967 to 1971, Curran mentored his players on and off the field.
"Bob Curran was a players' coach  who led by example, inspired his players to be the best they could be on the baseball diamond and, more importantly, in life and instilled in us the will to succeed," says DeAngelis, who played varsity baseball all four years on the Hill, and was an Academic All American his final year. Players Nick Ciardiello '11, Jack Laurendeau '11, Brendan McCrea '11 and Eric Oxford '11 (from left) received the first annual Robert T. Curran Leadership award this spring,  along with head coach Greg DiCenzo.
"It's an honor to be given an award in memory of a former player and coach who was known by many as the 'Son of Holy Cross,' " says Laurendeau.
DeAngelis also channels his love of baseball into the Lexington Blue Sox (lexingtonbluesox.com), the team he founded in 1995. Learn more about the Blue Sox and its mission to promote summertime fun and top-notch baseball in this issue's Web Exclusives.