Seaford's Ralph Rossetti relishes 300th career win

Seaford's head coach Ralph Rossetti talks to his Seaford's head coach Ralph Rossetti talks to his players during a timeout. (Dec. 27, 2001) Photo Credit: Lee Weissman

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Of all the basketball games that Seaford coach Ralph Rossetti has been a part of, some that he is most proud of didn't even count in the standings.

Every year on Christmas Eve, Rossetti hosts an alumni game where former Seaford players, some who fly in from out of state, face off in a basketball game. Those who graduated on even numbered years play against those who graduated on odd numbered years.

"Them coming back to play shows the respect they have for what you gave them," Rossetti said.

This past Christmas, over 40 alumni attended. Each of whom, in some capacity over the years, contributed to Rossetti's 300 career victories, a milestone the 31-year coach reached with a 53-37 win over Clarke last Tuesday.

Rossetti took over as head coach of the varsity team in 1981 after coaching eighth-grade basketball at the middle school for five years.

"I have the same enthusiasm now that I had when I started doing this," he said. "The only difference now is that I'm much more mellow in terms of how I approach things. But I get excited about practice, I get excited about the games. I'm no different."

Under his guidance, aggressive defense and an up-tempo, balanced offense became constants at Seaford. Of the 300 victories, he said winning the program's first county championship in 1999 was his most memorable victory.

"What it means is longevity," Rossetti said of the milestone win. "To be able to stay at one school for my whole career is what I'm most proud of. I've built up great relationships with many players. I truly believe that coaches are there to prepare kids for life through basketball."

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