Chris D'Amato

Chris D’Amato

A lifelong resident of Bristol he attended St. Anthony school and was part of the basketball team for 6 years coached by Bristol Sports Hall of Famer Duke Snyder.  He played basketball at the Bristol Boys and Girls club for coach Greg Ziogas and was a member of the 1987 Edgewood Orioles that won the City Championship coached by Brian Farrell.  He attended Bristol Eastern High School where he was a two sport athlete all 4 years. He was captain of both the basketball and baseball teams his senior season. He was also a member of the 1994 Bristol American Legion state champions that came one game short of the Legion World Series.   He played one summer for the local Bristol Nighthawks and then went on to a four year career at Eastern Connecticut State University where he started all four years as an infielder on the baseball team. He played in two college world series. He was the captain his senior year and was named the Regional most outstanding player and the college world series most valuable player.  After playing he went on to become an assistant basketball coach and head softball coach at Bristol Eastern. While at the helm the girls softball program went to 3 State finals games where in 2007 they were crowned Class L state champions. They were crowned 5 time conference champions. Chris was inducted in the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 and was inducted into the Bristol Tramps organization in 2018 winning the Chuck McCarthy award.  He is on the board of directors for both the BSHOF and the Tramps. Currently he has been teaching at Bristol Eastern as a Physical Education teacher since 2004 and has been teaching overall since 1999. He lives in Bristol with his wife Lauryn and three children Matthew, Grace and Benjamin.