A native of Bristol, he is a 1976 graduate of Bristol Central, where he played three varsity sports; soccer, basketball, and tennis. As a captain of the basketball team, he earned second team All-State honors as a senior when he averaged 16-plus points a game. He went unbeaten in tennis with a 13-0 record his senior year. He received the Thomas Monahan Award as the school’s outstanding male athlete in 1976. He graduated fourth in his class and was a member of the school’s National Honor Society.
He went on to become a basketball co-captain at Trinity College and received the Bob Harron Award as Trinity’s outstanding student-athlete his junior year. His years in sports were part of what helped him to reach his goal of becoming a doctor, graduating in 1986 from the UConn School of Medicine.