NEW CASTLE —
Perrotta was quick to credit his coaches over the years for turning him into the two-sport athlete he became.
In baseball, Perrotta learned how to be a catcher from his dad and Tom “Bear” Mangino, while Ralph Tommelleo, Larry Pugh and Lindy Lauro were influential in his grid career.
“I’ve been blessed with having great coaches,” Perrotta said. “You did what they told you. They obviously taught you the right things, because we were always successful. My dad was a catcher and he had all the equipment, so he taught me how to catch. I thought it was pretty cool to do what my dad did.
“Ralph Tommelleo was my coach in Pop Warner. I just loved Larry Pugh for his toughness and compassion. He had this ability to motivate you. He was unbelievable. Lindy was at the height of his career. He was a god.”
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