Affectionately known as the "Mayor" during his playing days with the Storm, Joe Urso was a fan favorite of the Lake Elsinore faithful. Drafted by the California Angels in the 49th round of the 1992 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Tampa, Urso was primarily a Storm middle infielder during the team's first three seasons. He was a standout on the inaugural 1994 team, and an All-Star and Storm MVP in 1996, leading Lake Elsinore to its first California League Championship. He is the franchise record holder in numerous categories including games (326), hits (353), runs (221), RBIs (146) and doubles (93).
Urso became a Storm player-coach in 1997 and an Angels Minor League Manager in 1998 before returning to his roots in 2001 as the head coach of the University of Tampa baseball program. Coach Urso has since led the program to four NCAA Division II National Championships, more than 700 wins, and was honored in 2017 with the Lou Pinella Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of contribution to the Tampa sports community. The Storm retired Urso's #7 at The Diamond in 1997.