ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – B.J. Salerno, a 2005 Warren Area High School graduate, will take over as interim head coach of the St. Bonaventure University baseball team for the 2022 season following the retirement of longtime coach Larry Sudbrook.
Sudbrook is the winningest head coach in any sports in school history, serving as head coach since 1985 with 725 career wins.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to coach at St. Bonaventure University,” Sudbrook said. “I’m unbelievably lucky to have a job that I’ve loved and to love coming to work every day. I’ve always coached with an edge and I’ve expected my players to play with an edge. When you lose that edge you want to do what is best for the program and make sure that the guys have a chance to play for someone who also has that edge. I felt that now is the right time to move on. This is Coach Salerno’s ninth year with the program and he is the best hire I’ve ever made. He is more than ready to take over and be a head coach. He will not miss a beat in keeping the program going in the right direction.”
Salerno joined Sudbrook’s staff after a successful playing career for the Bonnies. As a starting catcher, Salerno helped lead the Bonnies to the A-10 Tournament three consecutive years (2006-2008). He was also a part of the 2006 Atlantic 10 Tournament runner-up team. Salerno started 152 consecutive games behind the plate and was a senior co-captain.
The school announced a national search will begin to name Sudbrook’s full-time successor.