Breton LaRose Assumes Pitching Directors, Assistant Coach Position
Updated: Sep 5
BY DAVE SHEA
When Ogdensburg's Breton LaRose came of the age where he began setting career goals he wanted to be involved in sports management and coaching the game of baseball.
The vision for the former OFA and Lock Haven State pitching standout is falling into place nicely.
LaRose, who holds a Masters Degree in Sports Management, was recently named the Assistant Coach at the University of Penn State at Harrisburg, manages the pro shops at the Far Line and Royal Oaks Golf Courses and recently assumed the position of Pitching Director for the Central Penn Renegades Youth Baseball Program.
LaRose advanced in the Penn State at Harrisburg Staff from Assistant Pitching Coach to Assistant Coach.
The Renegades program is an eight-month program December through July, plus optional fall play. Tryouts take place in early August for the next spring season. Winter Indoor Training run from Early December through Late March, during which players receive more than 70 hours of practice time, and 40+ hours of professional training.
Outdoor practices begin in Early April and continue through July when the season ends. Each team will play in six tournament at In The Net, plus optional out of town tournaments decided on a per team basis. Each player in the organization receives two practice jerseys, an ITN Academy Membership offering them 30 minutes of free batting cage or pitching lane time per day.
The program provides players who have the interest, dedication, and abilities the opportunity to develop their character and baseball skills through instruction, training and an expanded number of games played against the best competition available.
The program offers teams at the 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15/16U, 18U and 19U level.
"This is definitely a very big step in my professional career. The Renegades is an outstanding program with a lot of coaches. My job is to develop a system for all the coaches to follow. I am very excited about the opportunity," says LaRose who began his baseball in Ogdensburg Kiwanis Grasshopper Baseball and pitched for several years with Ogdensburg Maples American Legion team where he was coached by his dad Steve LaRose and Mike Wentworth.
"We have outstanding coaches and everyone works together well. And we have outstanding outdoor and indoor facilities."
LaRose will draw from the deep pool of experience in high level competition in coordinating the Renegades pitching.
He is a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy High School where he was a 3-year varsity pitcher for Coach Tom Pinkerton. In 2013, he earned first team all NAC and first team all state (NY) honors. Leading his team to the New York State Class B Final Four in 2013, he struck out 23 batters in the Regional Seminfinal. He also earned All-NAC and All-State honors in basketball at OFA where the Northern New York Basketball Officials honored with the Joe Jukoski Memorial Award in 2013.
After high school, Breton attended Sacred Heart University from 2013-2016 before transferring to Lock Haven University from 2016-2018. At Lock Haven, Breton made 30 appearances in two years, pitching 33.2 innings and earning First Team All PSAC as a relief pitcher. He gave up 29 hits and 21 walks while registering 32 strikeouts, pitching to the tune of a 3.51 ERA, and setting the school record for saves with 16.
From 2014-2016, Breton played in the NYCBL, where he was an All-Star for the Genesee Rapids in 2016. From 2016-2018, Breton pitched for the Kokomo Jackrabbits of the Prospect League.
NOTE: information for this story was provided by the Central Penn Renegades website.