Rocco Casullo, football coach of Florida 7A champ St. Thomas Aquinas, resigns

Rocco Casullo, football coach of Florida 7A champ St. Thomas Aquinas, resigns

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Rocco Casullo, football coach of Florida 7A champ St. Thomas Aquinas, resigns

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Rocco Casullo, who led St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to the Florida 7A state title, has resigned for personal reasons and to pursue other coaching opportunities.

He finished with a 37-6 record in four seasons and won two state titles as head coach after serving as the program’s defensive coordinator. He had been with the school for 14 seasons. The school finished No. 25 in the final Super 25 rankings.

The program also produced loads of Football Bowl Subdivision talent in the fertile South Florida region. More than a dozen players are expected to sign with FBS programs next month from this year’s senior class.

In a statement, Casullo thanked school administrators, athletic director George Smith, his coaching staff and leveled high praise on the players.

“But more importantly, I want to thank the players,” he said. “Because of their dedicated work ethic, we have maintained the high level of success both athletically and academically. This is what St. Thomas is all about.”

Smith said the school is searching for a new coach but there was no timetable for a selection.

Speculation is that Casullo is looking to coach at the college level with Syracuse as a possible destination. His father, Bob, had two stints on the Syracuse coaching staff and Rocco served as a ball boy for the Orange when he was a kid.

 

 

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