September 30, 2013 - Tom Rizzi, founder of College Select Baseball, has passed away. He was passionate about this program and helped thousands of young men reach for the stars. His long illness prevented him from returning to the ball field the past few years, but his heart was always there. His legacy will continue as College Select Baseball Family work on events to keep his life's work going. We have established the TRhit Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor his life in the most appropriate way. This Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior based on certain criteria.
His obituary was published in the October 2, 2013 edition of the Hartford Courant print edition and is available on the NY Times online edition. There is also a guestbook on the NY Times webpage:
Thomas A. Rizzi of Windham, CT passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Windham Hospital. The eldest son of Anthony V. & Norma A. (Reffelt) Rizzi, he was born in Jamaica, NY on January 29, 1942. He grew up in Garden City, NY and was a graduate of St. John's University.
Tom worked in the music industry as a singer/songwriter/ producer on the Roulette Records label. He was a lead singer and heart throb for a few popular bands. He later settled into the construction field with his father at Rizzi Concrete of New York City. He spent the next 30+ years working as a project manager/estimator.
Tom was a published author and popular blogger on the world wide web where he was affectionately known as TRhit. He loved animals especially his Westie, Little Miss. He was an avid fisherman who pioneered several bass tournaments and penned many outdoor magazine articles.
Tom loved all sports and through the years was actively involved with many youth athletic programs, but his true passion was baseball. In 1995, Tom established the College Select Baseball Program, an organization devoted to helping high school student-athletes in their college pursuit. Through his efforts, he made a major impact on thousands of ball players lives by assisting them in finding an academic/athletic match with the right college. Tom’s success can be measured by the achievements of those ball players that have launched careers as business professionals, doctors, lawyers, professional baseball players and even a Major League Baseball World Series Champion/All Star. On and off the field Coach Rizzi's booming voice inspired players and irked umpires across the country.
He will be painfully missed by his adoring wife, Lynne, his brother and sister-in-law Richard and Antoinette Rizzi of Southold, NY, his daughter and son-in-law Shannon and Richard Murphy of Fishkill, NY, his stepson and his wife Steven and Nicole Blinn of Vernon, CT, his stepdaughter and her husband Kathryn and Todd DelGaizo of Manchester, CT, his grandsons and step-grandsons, Aidan, Jack, Michael, Tyler, Joseph and Joshua. He is also survived by sons Todd Rizzi and Adam Rizzi of FL, Anthony Rizzi and daughter Lauren (Rizzi) Carpenter of NY