Longtime Sault Ste. Marie Baseball Coach Nertoli Passes Away
SAULT STE. MARIE — Longtime Sault Ste. Marie baseball coach Tony Nertoli passed away last week. He was 75 years old.
Nertoli had a strong impact on the sport of baseball in the Upper Peninsula, especially at Sault Ste. Marie. In 2000, he became the first coach from the U.P. to be named to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He also left an impact on the players he coached, including those that became head coaches themselves in the Upper Peninsula.
“I had Tony for a coach in baseball, but Tony was at all of our sporting events. I mean, any sporting event that was Sault High, Tony was always there. He’d go to football games. You’d see him at basketball games, wrestling meets, swim meets, whatever any of his baseball players, any sport they were in, he would go watch,” Rudyard baseball head coach Billy Mitchell said. “And as a coach, I’ve tried to take that on, the same thing Tony does. So if I ever if I have a player that’s swimming or wrestling or running cross country, I always go to try to watch them, too.”
Mitchell also noted how Nertoli had more than 300 wins in his coaching career and his No. 27 jersey is the only one retired from Sault Ste. Marie High School baseball.
More information on Nertoli’s ceremony can be found in his obituary.