Chip Rossi possessed many of the intangibles every coach wants in a student-athlete, and two programs benefited from his presence on the field.
Rossi was a dual threat, playing football in the fall and baseball in the spring. On the gridiron, he was a three-time letterwinner as a defensive back and quarterback. After two years on the defensive side of the ball, he took over as quarterback as a senior. He passed for 811 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 185 yards.
On the diamond, Rossi served as the catcher for some of the greatest pitchers in program history, a combination that translated into a pair of conference titles and a national playoff appearance. As a sophomore, Rossi hit .452 with five home runs and 36 RBI as Gettysburg wrapped up its second of back-to-back Middle Atlantic Conference championships. He was named All-MAC Second Team and All-Mid-East Region First Team.
Rossi added two more all-conference citations and an all-region award in his final two seasons. In 1988, he helped the Bullets win a school-record 28 games and advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Rossi closed his career holding a number of school records on the diamond, including career marks for hits (146), doubles (28), home runs (11), and RBI (105).
A native of New Castle, Del., Rossi graduated from Gettysburg with a degree in management.