Scott Ruggiero was a three-sport athlete, playing football, baseball, and basketball, but it was on the football and baseball fields that he truly shined.
A member of the 1988 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title-winning baseball team, Ruggiero played pitcher, shortstop, center field. At one time, Ruggiero held the school record for single-season earned run average at 0.98. A right-handed pitcher, he compiled an 8-0 record and 1.56 ERA in 67 innings, helping Napa to a 26-3 record during its championship season. Ruggiero was named Most Valuable Pitcher of the 1988 Napa Invitational, and was also selected to the All-Napa County team and to play in the Vallejo Times-Herald North-South All-Star Baseball Game.
“Scott was a cool character, an amazing teammate. I can’t remember a time when I saw him in a bad mood. You couldn’t find somebody that didn’t like the guy. He truly was one of the best individuals I’ve ever known,” said teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Todd Pridy.
As a member of the Indians’ football team, he set a school record with 11 receptions in a game. He was named All-Napa County offense, All-Monticello Empire League and received Napa’s coaches’ offensive award.
Ruggiero was equally talented in the classroom and he was named to the Academic All-American Scholar Program for his academic efforts.
He coached in the football program as an assistant at Napa High for several years and was also the head JV baseball coach. Ruggiero also volunteered his time as a youth football coach in Napa.