His passion for competitive sports began at a very young age with his involvement in town youth baseball, basketball and soccer programs.
Jason’s athletic progressions included the role of starting point guard for the W.L. 6th Grade Basketball All Star Team (1984/1985), W.L. Little League All Star 2nd Baseman (1984/1985), and W.L. Senior League All Star Shortstop from (1986 -1988).
His athletic achievements continued at Windsor Locks Middle School (1985 – 1987) where he was a 2 year starter and captain in soccer, basketball and baseball, and was recognized with the Jimmy Downs Award for Best Student Athlete (1987).
At Windsor Locks High School, Jason was recognized with a total of 11 varsity letters in the sports of soccer, basketball and baseball.
His high school soccer achievements included 4 year varsity starter, 2 year captain (1989/1990), NCCC All Conference recognition (1990) and Coach’s Award winner (1990).
Jason scored 2 game-winning goals during the 1990 state soccer tournament, including an overtime goal in the semi-final game against St. Thomas Aquinas, which sent the Raiders back to the state championship game for the first time in a decade.
His high school soccer career culminated with the Connecticut Class S State Championship (1990), the Raiders first state soccer title since 1971. The 1990 soccer team was inducted to the WLAHOF in 2014.
On the high school basketball court, Jason was a 4 year varsity player at point guard and 2 year starter and captain (1990/1991). In his freshman year, he played in the 1988 State Championship game. As a sophomore, Jason was a member of the W.L.H.S. NCCC Tournament Championship team (1989). He played in the Connecticut State High School Basketball Tournament all 4 years (1988-1991).
Jason’s passion for the game of baseball was evident throughout his high school years, during which he was a 4 year varsity starter, Team Captain (1991) and NCCC League Champion (1991). In his senior year (1991), he received All State and NCCC All Conference recognition in baseball, and was voted Most Athletic by his senior classmates.
Jason is very proud to have played on Coach Dan Sullivan’s 300th Victory teams in soccer, basketball and baseball. He will forever appreciate the positive influence that Coach Sullivan was in his life throughout high school, a four year period of Raiders’ athletic success which has been compared favorably to similar spans of some of the greatest W.L.H.S. teams of prior decades.
Jason also played American Legion Baseball from 1989 – 1991. As a 3 year starter at both 2nd base and shortstop, Jason was team captain (1991), and Zone 8 All Star for the 1991 season, a campaign in which he led his Legion team in batting average, stolen bases, home runs and runs-batted-in
After graduating WLHS, Jason considered an offer to pursue academic studies at Florida Southern University yet ultimately chose to attend Xavier University when an offer to play Division 1 Baseball presented itself.
At Xavier, Jason was a 3 year Division 1 baseball player (1991-1994) and a 2 year starter (1993-1994) and received Stetson Invitational All-Tournament Team recognition (1993).
After a very promising start to his college baseball career, Jason played through serious leg injuries during his junior year, yet recurring injuries forced his retirement from college baseball at the start of his senior year.
Putting that disappointment aside, Jason dedicated his senior year to his academic studies and took 39 credits in his final 2 semesters to graduate from Xavier University in 4 years – the accomplishment of which he and his family are most proud.
Jason currently resides in Mansfield, Connecticut, with his wife Christine with their four children. Jason is currently employed by the University of Connecticut as a Network Engineer.
An outstanding 3-sport athlete, Jason is most deserving of Windsor Locks Athletic Hall of Fame recognition.