Lynn has spawned many major league athletes over the years, and this year is no exception. Baseball’s John Silviano signed a free-agent contract with the Miami Marlins, Joe Perrotta ’13 signed with the Ottawa Champions, and Thomas Kahnle ’11, who previously played with the Yankees and Rockies, signed with the Chicago White Sox.
A native of Boynton Beach, catcher Silviano set a school and Sunshine State Conference record last year with 31 home runs, and established new single-season program marks for total bases, slugging percentage and runs batted in. He picked up multiple honors following his record-setting sophomore season and was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award, which recognizes the top Division II player in the nation.
A native of Utica, New York, Perrotta signed a professional contract as pitcher with the Ottawa Champions of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. He previously threw for the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League. Perrotta last pitched for the Fighting Knights during the 2013 season.
Kahnle helped take the Fighting Knights to unprecedented heights, powering Lynn on the mound to the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championship. He was named the South Region and National Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Baseball isn’t the only sport recruiting Lynn players. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers completed its 2016 roster by signing Haiti national team midfielder Jean Alexandre ’11. A four-year letter winner with the Fighting Knights from 2005 to 2008, Alexandre helped Lynn advance to four NCAA Tournament appearances and logged 34 goals, 16 assists and 84 points in 69 matches. He played Major League Soccer (MLS) with Real Salt Lake, the San Jose Earthquakes and Orlando City.