A great athlete in both high school and college. He played under his great friend and teacher, Eddie Wentz, at St. Vincent…then became a football star at Akron U. Under Bud Houghton on the hilltop he earned All-Ohio and All-Ohio conference honors and captained the teams in both 1949 and '50. Although a fine football player he ended up coaching basketball - first at his alma mater St. Vincent and then on to Akron U as an assistant to Russ Beichly. Laterza became head coach in 1959 on Beichly's retirement. Under Laterza Akron U basketball - under the glare of TV lights and national rating services - enjoyed glory, glory years: 178 victories, three Ohio-Conference Championships, a runner-up in the National Championship (1963-64), a third place in the Nationals (1965-66), and never a losing season! From 1963 thru '67 his teams won 113 games and lost only 26.