Larry Panciera (October 11, 1921 – September 8, 1998) was a college baseball coach at the University of Connecticut where he led the Huskies to three College World Series appearances in eighteen seasons. Panciera coached the Huskies from 1962 through 1979, finishing with a 297–160–5 overall record.
|Born||October 11, 1921|
Westerly, Rhode Island
|Died||September 8, 1998 (aged 76)|
Weekapaugh, Rhode Island
|Alma mater||University of Rhode Island|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
Panciera was born October 11, 1921 in Westerly, Rhode Island. He enrolled at Rhode Island State College in 1940, but joined the United States Army during World War II. After the war, he returned to college and played football and baseball for the Rams while completing his degree. After graduating, Panciera spent three years at Killingly High School in Danielson, Connecticut, serving as the school's first athletic director and coaching the football and baseball teams. Each team won state titles during his tenure.
In 1950, Panciera joined the staff of the Connecticut Huskies football team, as freshman coach. Four years later, he added assistant coach of the baseball team under head coach J. O. Christian before succeeding him in 1962. In his career as head baseball coach from 1962 through 1979, the Huskies reached three College World Series and saw 40 players sign professional contracts. Panciera owns the highest winning percentage of all baseball coaches at UConn. He died on September 8, 1998, after a prolonged illness.
Head coaching recordEdit
The following table shows Panciera's record as a head coach.
|Connecticut Huskies (Yankee Conference) (1962–1974)|
|1965||Connecticut||16–9||7–3||1st||College World Series|
|1972||Connecticut||20–7||12–0||1st||College World Series|
|Connecticut Huskies (Eastern College Athletic Conference) (1975–1979)|
|1979||Connecticut||31–13||College World Series|
Postseason invitational champion
- "In Memoriam: Larry Panciera". University of Connecticut Advance. October 19, 1988. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- "Ex-Conn. Baseball Coach Dies". Associated Press. September 9, 1998. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- "UConn to Retire Three Former Baseball Coaches' Numbers This Spring". Uconn Huskies. February 23, 2004. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- "Larry Panciera, 76". Hartford Courant. September 10, 1998. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- 2013 Baseball Media Guide. UConn Huskies. pp. 56–57. Retrieved June 6, 2013.