Baseball: Passaic Valley duo commits to respective colleges
Damiano, a 6-foot-4 right handed pitcher, will attend Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. Galese, also a 6-foot-4 right handed hurler, will be playing baseball at Dominican College in Blauvelt, New York.
Both men were accompanied by their parents as well as Passaic Valley principal Ray Rotella, vice principal and athletic director, Patricia Lynch, and Mazzo, at Passaic Valley High School on Tuesday April 19 to make their announcements.
Damiano, the youngest of three born to Margaret and Warren Damiano, went through the extensive process of choosing a school before deciding that Susquehanna was the right choice for him.
“Nick and I both went through the showcases for baseball coaches,” said Brendan. “I want to major in business finance in college and Susquehanna has that major. The coaches were great and it seemed like the best fit. I’m very happy.”
Warren Damiano noted that the facilities at the school were first-rate.
“My wife and I are very pleased,” Warren said. “It’s a long process and really, Brendan didn’t make his final decision until two days ago. It’s not easy. He wanted to play baseball and the academic part was obviously very important for us, as parents. Brendan has done well in both aspects in high school and Susquehanna provided our son a very good financial offer. We’re very proud of him.”
Galese and Damiano have been friends since they were youngsters.
Galese, the youngest of three born to Pat and Gale Galese, chose Dominican after an intensive search.
“When I first started considering colleges there was so much to look at,” said Nick. “The Dominican coach saw me at a showcase and we had a good conversation. Everything worked out well. I couldn’t be happier.”
Dominican is an NCAA, Division II school which plays in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
“It’s a very competitive league,” said Galese, who is considering a major in clothing and fashion design.
Nick’s dad also noted the time-consuming process of picking a college.
“It was a long road,” said Gale Galese. “We had been to the showcases and visited schools. In the end, we’re happy that Nick has made his choice. He’s had three good years of playing high school ball and he’s looking forward to competing in college.”
Mazzo was also thrilled for both his players.
“Nick and Brendan have given us tremendous efforts as pitchers,” said Mazzo. “I just wish we could score more runs for them. I’m really proud of both guys for wanting to play in college. They’re excellent students and great kids.”
“It’s an important step in choosing a school,” Lynch said. “It’s not easy to play on the collegiate level and I’m very happy for both Brendan and Nick.”
Rotella, Passaic Valley’s principal, also extended his congratulations to the student-athletes.