Huskies Hall of Fame
Prerequisite for eligibility in Huskies Hall of Fame
Players must have been coached through PBA since Youth Ball
through High School and currently in College Level Ball .
Alex Murphy - Coral Springs - Douglas High School
Nick Mirto - Pembroke Pines - American Heritage - FGCU
Richie Perez - Coral Springs - Douglas High School
Robbie Buckley - Coconut Creek - Florida Atlantic University
Patrick Grady - Coconut Creek - Pompano HS - Lander University
Spencer Mumford - West Palm Beach - American Heritage - Rollins College
Dillon Popovich - Coral Springs - Coral Springs Charter - SFSC
Steve DeMatties JR. - Deerfield Beach - CSHS/DouglasHS - SEU
William Rudolph - Coral Springs - Douglas HS - BC/Nova U.
Mike DeSantis - Davie - West Broward HS - Iowa Comm. College
Eric Donnelly- Coral Springs - Douglas/CSC/ - St Catherines U.
Mike Delucia - Pembroke Pines - McCarthy - Campbell U.(special category)
#44 - 1981
Graduate in HPER
(Health, Physical Education and Recreation)
Steve is a graduate of Geneva High School where he won three letters in football and basketball and four letters in baseball. Steve turned down a football scholarship to Colgate, in order to attend Ithaca College and play baseball. During Steve's four years at Ithaca, the Bombers recorded 105 wins and just 32 losses. Steve DeMatties was career .300 hitter for the Ithaca Bombers. The Bomber baseball star is the program's record holder in Home Runs in a game (3) a doubleheader (5) NCAA Record, season (17 in 1981 led the country Div. III) and career (31). A career .300 hitter with 115 RBI's while playing catcher, 3B and designated hitter, Steve was a four time selection to the all-tournament team at the NCAA NorthEast Regional playoffs (including MVP honors in 1978). DeMatties was named to the all tournament team at the College World Series twice, including 1980 when helped Ithaca win its first National Championship. Upon graduating he held school records for single season and career total bases. Ithaca College Hall of Fame coach George Valesente described DeMatties as "a hard nosed aggressive competitor who played to win regardless of the odds. Valesente said. "The bigger the game, the better Steve played.
Following his graduation, he was drafted by the New York Mets. In 1982, DeMatties made the New York Mets 40 man roster in spring training and attended big league camp. He broke spring training with Tidewater Tides triple AAA team, but was released due to arm injury. In 1983 , DeMatties became an International player, helping Rimini, Italy win the Italian National Championship. That season DeMatties hit 29 home runs. In 1984, he returned to the States and attended big league spring training with the New York Yankees before being released. Steve has spent the last 25 years coaching Baseball in South Florida, with stints at Miami Beach High School, Miami Dade North Comm. College, Stranahan High School and Archbishop McCarthy High School. Steve has won 239 High Schools games in 21 years as a head coach. In the summers of 1999 and 2000 Steve coached in the wood bat league winning the Northeast Collegiate League Championship. In 2003 Steve coached and won the AAU National Championship at Disney Wide World of Sports. In 2008 as the 1st year Head Coach at Archbishop McCarthy High School, Steve took them to the 4A District Championship beating Cardinal Gibbons HS 3 times. Steve is presently President/owner of Pro Baseball Academy where is runs High School summer elite showcase teams, younger teams, private lessons and camps.
Steve resides with his wife Patty and son Stephen Jr in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Stephen Jr. is a Senior and Captain of his High School Baseball Team. He is the starting catcher at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Transcripts article taken from induction ceremony Oct. 21 2005
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