Sal DeRosa

Former NASL Championship Coach Sal DeRosa Passes Away

Salvatore “Sal” DeRosa, who coached the Rochester Lancers to the 1970 NASL Championship, recently passed away at the age of 82.

A native of Pignataro Maggiore, Italy, DeRosa took over the helm of the Lancers midway through the 1970 campaign as the club finished ahead of the defending champion Kansas City Spurs for the Northern Division crown.  The Lancers went on to defeat the Washington Darts in the home-and-away final series, 4-3 on aggregate.

DeRosa, who was named the 1970 NASL Coach of the Year, also qualified the Lancers into the CONCACAF Champion’s Cup (now Champions League) the following year and went on to finish fourth in the final round tournament held in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

After the 1971 NASL campaign, DeRosa went on to coach the Miami Toros in 1972 before returning to the Lancers’ helm for one more season in 1973.

DeRosa became the Lancers’ assistant general manager from 1974-75 and then the club’s GM in 1976.


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