SHREWSBURY, Mass. - Shrewsbury native Robert Lasorsa has been inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Lasorsa is a member of Shrewsbury High School's Class of 1978.
While competing at Springfield in 1982, Lasorsa earned All-America status in the shot put. He also was named the Springfield College Male Athlete of the Year as a junior. He had the Springfield College shot put record for about 15 years.
Since graduating from Springfield in 1982, Lasorsa has become the founder and president of the National Throws Coaches Association. He has become a most sought-after speaker on throwing events in U.S. track and field.
In 1995, Lasorsa was named U.S. Track & Field Men's Shot Put Coordinator, a position he still has.
Since being named the coordinator, the United States has won one Olympic gold medal, three additional Olympic medals, five World Outdoor titles, five World Outdoor silver medals, three World Indoor titles, three World Indoor silver medals and eight Track & Field No. 1 World titles.
Lasorsa was a member of the U.S. Track & Field coaching staff at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico, the 2008 World Indoor Championships in Spain and the 2005 Junior Pan American Games in Canada.
He has produced 11 coaching DVDs and videos, as well as authored four books.
In the 1980s and 1990s, he was a track and field coach at North Carolina State University, the U.S. Military Academy and Kent State University. At 32, he became the youngest track and field head coach in NCAA Division I while at Kent State.
Since 1996, he has been a sales and marketing representative at M-F Athletic and Perform Better, the largest distributor of track and field products worldwide.
He now lives in Palm Desert, Calif.