Head Coach Ross Natoli

Head Coach Ross Natoli, in his 20th season at Catholic University, has built the Cardinals into one of the most respected and competitive NCAA Division III programs in the East. He has led CUA to 20 or more victories eight times in the past 12 years and in 2003 picked up his 300th career victory.

Under Natoli's direction, the Cardinals' on-field personality reflects his own philosophy that perseverance, team unity and commitment form the foundation for a successful program. He continues to strive to develop his teams with the goal of being consistent contenders for NCAA tournament play in the future.

A native Washingtonian, Natoli was a standout outfielder at cross-town rival George Washington University, from which he earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1981. After playing for two teams that advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament (1977, 1979), he served as the Colonials' topassistant coach from 1981-1984. He became the Cards' head coach in the fall of 1985, and is also widely recognized for founding and directing the highly regarded Catholic University Instructional Baseball Camps & Clinics for youth in the Washington metropolitan area.

Year

W

L

T

Pct.

1986

12

22

0

.353

1987

15

27

0

.357

1988

18

21

1

.463

1989

15

22

0

.405

1990

14

21

1

.403

1991

10

20

1

.339

1992

21

16

1

.566

1993

22

14

1

.608

1994

15

19

1

.443

1995

23

13

1

.635

1996

12

22

2

.361

1997

21

16

0

.568

1998

17

17

0

.500

1999

15

18

2

.457

2000

22

16

1

.577

2001

18

19

0

.486

2002

23

16

2

.590

2003

24

16

0

.600

2004

27

14

1

.659

Total

344

349

15

.496

Natoli has continually upgraded CUA's baseball facilities to among the finest in the region.  State-of-the-art walk-in dugouts, indoor and outdoor batting cages, bullpens, practice pitching mounds and a quality playing surface are among the key facility components that provide an environment conducive to productive practice and exciting games.

In the fall of 2000, one of his major fundraising efforts resulted in the baseball field's first electronic scoreboard.  It coincided with the dedication of Robert J. Talbot Field, named for the former CUA athletic director, Hall of Fame inductee and  baseball coach, who in 1977 led the "Cardiac Cardinals" to the NCAA Division I playoffs. Talbot currently manages the Cardinal's Competetive Edge Campaign, a major fundraising initiative designed to significantly upgrade the entire CUA athletic complex. Major baseball facility enhancements including stadium-style seating, a modern press box, sound system, warning track and other field improvements are scheduled to begin in 2005. 

Natoli and his wife, Nancy, live in Silver Spring, Md., with their 12-year-old twin daughters, Rachel and Rebecca, and 9-year-old son Nicholas.

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