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Robert Casciola 1958

Robert "Bob" Casciola, a native of New Hyde Park, graduated from Mineola High School in Mineola, NY, before entering Princeton University in 1954. During his three-year varsity career, 1955-57, Bob distinguished himself at tackle, and was named to the All-Ivy team and All-East teams at the positon in 1957. He also had the good fortune of playing for two Hall of Fame Coaches, Charlie Caldwell and Dick Colman, perhaps offering a preview of future activities.

After graduating, Bob coached the Princeton freshman team for three years, before joining the varsity staff through the end of the 1965 season. He also served in the United States Army, earning the rank of captain prior to his discharge in 1965. Thereafter Bob found a home as a defensive end and linebacker coach at Dartmouth, serving yet another future Hall of Fame coach, Bob Blackman, through 1968. He moved on to the University of Connecticut as a defensive coach for the 1969 and 1970 seasons.

In December 1970 Bob was named head coach at UConn and led the team to a 5-3-1 record and a share of the conference championship. The next season he boosted his tally to 9-5-1 before returning to Princeton in March, 1973 as head coach, where he concluded his coaching career in 1977.

Thereafter Bob pursued many interests, though never straying too far of long from his football/sports roots. In 1978 he did join First Fidelity Bank of NJ, rising to senior vice president before leaving in 1987 to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of the New Jersey Nets of the NBA. In his "spare time" he was a member of the selection committee for the Garden State Bowl, served on the Executive Committee of the Kickoff Classic and for 14 years had coordinated the coaching at the nationally known Quarterback-Receiver Camp.

Bob was also recognized for his roles as a color analyst for Princeton Football, for like service with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL and as the "voice" of Rutgers Football on both radio and TV. Later, as a color commentator for the Great American Independent Football broadcasts on national TV from 1987-1990 Bob he gave voice to nearly a dozen of the nation’s most renowned Division I football teams.

The crowning touch to Bob’s long career in and around sports, and football in particular, was defined by his service and achievement as President of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame from 1995-2005, preceded by his service as executive director from August 1991. Under his leadership the Foundation launched several major initiatives, including construction of a new $15 million College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., raising nearly $20 million for the Play It Smart program, and for the development and implementation of the NFL/NFF Coaching Academy, which annually educates more than 10,000 youth coaches.

It is no surprise that Robert F. "Bob" Casciola is as decorated as he is decorous. In 1994 the Downtown Athletic honored him with a Heisman Scholarship Award, and in 2004 the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame honored Bob with its Distinguished American Award.

Bob and his wife, Janet, have four children and seven grandchildren.

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