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Cincinnati Red to Yogurt Shop Owner

Nick Fiorillo attended Brookdale Community College for two years prior to attending the University of Texas-El Paso, where he was a left-handed pitcher for three years. After college, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. He wore a Reds uniform for five years until an elbow injury ended his career.

Since he was unable to play professional baseball, Fiorillo looked into franchise ownership. He owned a 7-11 franchise for several years, but ultimately decided that he wanted to pursue the new frozen yogurt trend. His Let’s YO Yogurt opened on April 6 in Jackson, New Jersey.

What are the most important lessons you learned through sports?
The most important lessons I have learned through sports is the importance of team work, self-confidence and having the desire to succeed.

What did you learn through sports that your formal education did not teach you?
Being on the baseball field, I learned about the importance of being part of a team and working together for the same goal. It was important that we all work towards the ultimate goal of succeeding.

How is business like sports?
Similar to baseball, the business world is extremely competitive. You have to be the best at what you do.

How have sports helped you become successful in your field?
Sports provided me so many wonderful opportunities. It gave me the confidence to know that I can succeed at anything if I work hard. Additionally, I learned great leadership skills to help others work together to achieve goals. I am able to translate the team atmosphere from the baseball field to my Let’s YO Yogurt shop every day.

What advice do you have for student-athletes?
Work hard mentally and physically to give yourself the best chance to be successful. This can also be applied to the business world, as well.


If you’re an athlete interested in following in Nick’s footsteps and succeeding in life by playing collegiate sports, then click here or call 866-579-6272 for a free evaluation with an NCSA Collegiate Scout

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Aaron Sorenson