Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti (D-Port Washington) congratulated Lou Bernardi for his induction into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame. Sillitti recently presented a New York State Assembly proclamation to Bernardi celebrating the work he has put in, both on the field and in the community.
“Today is a proud moment for Herricks High School and our community,” said Sillitti. “Lou Bernardi has worked incredibly hard throughout his baseball career, and what’s especially commendable is his dedication to coaching and mentoring the next generation. I’m grateful that Lou is now sharing his expertise and passion for baseball within the district at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. It was an honor to present Lou with a proclamation from the New York State Assembly for his many achievements and induction into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame.”
The ceremony was attended by Herricks Public Schools Superintendent Tony Sinanis, Herricks Athletic Director Jim Petricca and North Hempstead Town Councilman Peter Zuckerman. Petricca was the athletic director when Lou attended Herricks High School and remembers Lou fondly. Lou Bernardi’s picture and achievements are featured in the Herricks Hall of Fame.
“Lou is truly a local baseball legend, " said Zuckerman. “He and I have been friends for many years, dating back to when Lou coached my son in Little League. It was a tremendous honor to present him with a proclamation from the town to celebrate his induction into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame.”
An alumnus of Herricks High School’s Class of 2006, Bernardi played four seasons of Division I baseball at the New York Institute of Technology while studying criminology. He played professionally for several years before beginning his coaching journey and becoming an accomplished collegiate pitching coach. Bernardi, who enters his fifth year at Kings Point and 12th year coaching collegiate baseball, has been a member of Head Coach Michael Notebaert's coaching staff as the Mariners' Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator since the 2019 season.
“Bernardi’s love for the game and commitment to be the best baseball player, coach and mentor has made him a role model for all in our community,” noted Sillitti.