2011 Torrington High Hall of Fame inductee - #6 Jay Reginatto
2011 Torrington High Hall of Fame inductee -#6 Jay Reginatto
In a basketball life that has spanned 50 years and included successful stints as a player, referee and coach, Torrington’s Tony Turina has seen much. But he never saw anyone that could put the ball in the hoop like Jay Reginatto.
“I’ve never seen a shooter as good as Jay was,” Turina said. “I’d see this kid make 10 threes in a row in practice from 10 feet behind the three-point line. He is the best pure shooter I’ve seen.”
The 28-year old Reginatto enters the Torrington High School Hall of Fame Sunday night as one of the great basketball players to ever come out of Torrington. His career accomplishments were immense with the Red Raiders but did not stop there. He went on to have an outstanding four years at Western Connecticut State University.
While playing at THS for Turina, Reginatto was the focal point of the Raiders run and gun attack. He scored 1,064 points in his career, 1052 coming in the final two seasons. During his senior season, Reginatto led the NVL and Connecticut in scoring with a 28.9 average and set state and league records with 92 three-pointers, including a school record nine in one game.
Reginatto earned All-NVL and Class L first team All-State honors during his senior year. He was selected by the state coaches to participate in the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class LL/L All-Star game.
Reginatto’s performance his senior year in which he captained the Raiders helped the team to a 17-5 record and Class L quarterfinal appearance. As a junior, he earned first-team All NVL Suburban honors and second team All-NVL honors.
At Western Connecticut Reginatto captained the team his junior and senior seasons. He finished 12th in school history with 1,315 points, third in three-point field goals with 238 and second in assists with 430. He also was 10th in career steals with 137. He had the distinction of being in the top five in New England in both points scored and assists during his junior and senior seasons.
“By his junior year in college Jay could have been and outstanding mid-level Division I player,” Turina said. “He really improved and made himself into and outstanding all-around player.”
After graduating from Western in 2005, Reginatto returned to Torrington High as an assistant coach for four years with his former coach Turina. During his tenure he was instrumental in leading the team to two state championship games in 2006 and 2009 (Torrington won the state title in 2006) and a semifinal appearance in 2007.