Tony Fossas started his career with Florida Atlantic University in 2005 as the pitching coach. In his first season on the staff, the former major leaguer can boast he developed Collegiate Baseball's Freshman Pitcher of the Year and a Third-Team All-American and saw four pitchers post five or more wins.
"I am pleased that someone of Tony's experience and stature joined our program," said head coach Kevin Cooney. "His background as a college player who slowly worked his way through the minor leagues and went on to have a solid big league career is an inspiration to the young men he will mentor."
First drafted out of high school at St. Mary's in Boston, MA, Fossas turned down two professional contracts before signing with the Texas Rangers as a ninth-round pick out of the University of South Florida. While attending USF from 1975-1979, he worked his way into the Bulls record books. He is 10th with 224 career strikeouts, third in single-season ERA (2.09) and seventh in complete games after throwing seven in 1979. The left-hander was named to the All-Conference Team in 1979 after leading the team in ERA and strikeouts. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in education and a minor in Spanish before moving on to professional baseball.
During his 11-year stint in the minor leagues, the Cuban-born pitcher spent two years with the Texas Rangers' single A affiliate before moving up for a two-year stint with the AA affiliate in Tulsa, OK. Once making it to AAA he spent seven years waiting for his dream to become a major leaguer to come true.
In his first game as a Texas Ranger, he faced George Brett and the Kansas City Royals. With the bases loaded, Brett ground into a double play on Fossas' first pitch to end the inning. In 1995, he had his best season with the St. Louis Cardinals as he appeared in 58 games and posted a 1.47 ERA, 3-0 record and struck out 40 in 36.2 innings.
While with the Cardinals his career's biggest opportunity came in 1996 when he pitched against the San Diego Padres in the division series and against the Braves in the NLCS. He spent a total of 10 years in the major leagues.
Fossas resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife Pura and children Keila (23) and Mark (21).