Thirteen Student-Athletes Commit to Division I Colleges

Thirteen Christian Brothers Academy student-athletes officially made their commitments to Division I colleges across the country on Wednesday afternoon.

The following seniors will play their sport at the collegiate level next year:

  • Ryan Burke – Bryant University, Swimming
  • Josh Cohen – St. Francis University (PA), Basketball
  • Tanner Crochet – University of Richmond, Cross Country
  • Tom DiTullio – Bryant University, Baseball
  • Thomas Gray – Monmouth University, Lacrosse
  • Brendan Hansen – Rutgers University, Golf
  • Connor Macrae – Monmouth University, Lacrosse
  • Connor Nelson – College of the Holy Cross, Tennis
  • Anthony Pillari – Rider University, Baseball
  • Luke Reid – University of Oklahoma, Cross Country
  • Paul Retterer – University of Southern California, Swimming
  • Sam Rennard – Penn State University, Swimming
  • Jack Wall – University of South Carolina, Golf

“This signing day is a momentous occasion for these young men and their families as they take the next step in their academic and athletic careers,” Director of Athletics Vito Chiaravalloti said. “They have demonstrated the ability to compete at the highest level, while maintaining academic excellence at a National Blue Ribbon institution. Most importantly, they are each quality men of character who will impact their communities beyond the sports that they play. I know they will continue to make us proud as they move on to the collegiate level.”

The group of 13 students have won multiple state, conference and division titles during their time as Colts.

Crochet and Reid recently helped CBA Cross Country win both the state and Shore Conference championships over the past month. The trio of swimmers, Burke, Retterer and Rennard, have been two-time state champions and three-time Shore Conference champions in their three years on the team.

Hansen and Wall have helped the golf team win back-to-back NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, making the Colts the best team in New Jersey. Wall became the first CBA golfer to achieve the “grand slam” last spring, winning the county, conference, state sectional and state championship individual titles.

Lacrosse’s Gray and Macrae will head to Monmouth University as teammates once again, after playing big roles on the state runner-up CBA team last spring.

Nelson has been a leader on the CBA tennis team, which has won the South Jersey sectional championships each of the last two spring seasons.

Finally, Cohen will play basketball at St. Francis, where he will bring his double-double capability to the Northeast Conference.

CBA will hold an additional signing day in April when the “regular” commitment period begins.

About Christian Brothers Academy:
Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is a private, Catholic, academic preparatory school for boys located in Lincroft, New Jersey. Founded in 1959 and taught in the Lasallian tradition, CBA is dedicated to helping students become intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders for society. Through the combined efforts of the Office of Advancement and friends of the Academy, CBA awards over $1.5 million in scholarships and financial aid to current students. Experience the Academy at