Feb. 21, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova baseball program is saddened to announce the passing of former assistant coach Lou Soscia, who passed away on Thursday morning. He was 86. Soscia was a part of the Villanova coaching staff for 15 years from 1987 until 2001 and was the top assistant to head coach George Bennett.
"Lou was a great baseball man and was very well-known in the area for his playing and coaching career," current Wildcats head coach Joe Godri said. "What I will remember about Lou is that his contributions went so far beyond the playing field. I will always think of the relationships that Lou made off of the field with everyone around him. He will be greatly missed."
Soscia was closely involved in all aspects of the Wildcats program during his time on campus. He assisted with game-day strategies and on-field instruction while also serving as the team's hitting coach and batting practice pitcher.
By the time he arrived at Villanova, Soscia already had a long and distinguished career as a player and coach in the Delaware Valley. He was the head coach at Upper Darby High School from 1963-86, where Bennett was his assistant coach for seven years (1963-69). Soscia won 238 games at Upper Darby and over his final three seasons he led the team to a .761 winning percentage, 54 wins and two state tournaments, Final Eight or better finishes.
Soscia played college ball at West Chester and spent five years playing in the minor leagues in the Atlanta Braves organization. Following his professional playing career he returned to the Delco Baseball League, where he had originally begun playing for Sun Villanova in 1947. Soscia made ten All-Star teams as a catcher in the league and was named the MVP in 1957. He was the manager of the Tinicum AC team from 1971 until 1985 and won a league-record eight championships, including a record five in a row from 1971-75. Soscia won a total of 376 games in the Delco League.