Rocco Constantino

Photo of Rocco Constantino displaying his article on ballnine.com

Middlesex College recently announced Rocco Constantino is the newly appointed athletic director starting last month.

Constantino has a strong background in athletics and education, including some experience as an athletic director before his transition.

According to the College’s website, “For the past 15 years, he has worked in athletics administration on the NCAA, junior college and high school levels. Most recently, he served as the athletics director at Santa Barbara City College, an Aspen Institute award-winning college.”

“While at Santa Barbara City College, Constantino was a finalist for Administrator of the Year in 2020 and 2021,” according to the college website.

Constantino said while at Santa Barbara, he had oversight of a large department with roughly a $2 million operating budget.

Family was one reason why Constantino moved back to New Jersey, he said.

“Family is a big thing for me. My family is all in northern [New] Jersey, [and] I was out in California by myself...I really liked it out there, enjoyed it. It was a great athletic department, great teams, a lot of great coaches, and I met a lot of great people, but still family is a big thing for me and COVID-19 really put that into perspective,” he said.

“I always enjoyed coming back to [New] Jersey, and when I saw this job opening, it was just a great opportunity to come to a good school, and, you know, get to be around family,” said Constantino.

Before Santa Barbara, Constantino said he worked at Bloomfield College for nearly a decade as a coach and assistant director.

According to the College’s website, “During the search for the new director of athletics, he outlined a strong vision for leadership for athletics at Middlesex College.”

Constantino said he is excited to improve the athletic programs and get the right coaches on staff.

“I want to help create an environment where students can achieve their academic and athletic goals at Middlesex [College],” he said.

“I am aware of the extreme hours and responsibilities of the position and am more than willing to put in the time and effort to be successful in the position,” he said.

Constantino said he is laid back and open to input from others.

“I want to have an open door policy for students, coaches and staff; anybody could stop by and talk and have a conversation,” he said.

In his free time, Constantino loves to write about sports, he said.

Constantino said he spends his weekends and his free time writing for ballnine.com, a website he co-founded.

“We do a lot of work with current and former major leaguers [professional baseball players]. It's a multimedia website. For my role in it, I do a lot of the back-end stuff with my buddy on the weekends, just kind of run the site. My role is usually to interview former Major League Baseball (MLB) players, and then, write the articles at night and get published once a week. So that's a lot of fun,” he said.

Constantino said he recently published his second novel - “Beyond Baseball’s Color Barrier: The Story of African Americans in Major League Baseball, Past Present, and Future” - and is looking forward to working on his third. His first novel is “50 Moments That Defined Major League Baseball.”

He worked as a feature writer for Bleacher Report and wrote about the New York Jets before writing his novel.

Outside of writing, Constantino also enjoys going fishing, sporting events and music concerts.

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