July 23, 2008


Former Dragon lax coach retiring

Past SUNY Cortland men’s lacrosse coach Jerry Casciani will be retiring from the college after 38 years.
Casciani, who also served SUNY Cortland as a teacher, department chair and an administrator, will retire on Aug. 30. He has earned the designation of associate professor emeritus of physical education.
Casciani was Cortland’s head lacrosse coach from 1984-90, during which time his Red Dragons posted a 60-44 win-loss record, made six NCAA appearances and never lost a league contest while capturing four SUNY Athletic Conference titles. He also has been an assistant coach in lacrosse, football and wrestling for the Red Dragons in the past.
Csciani chaired the Physical Education Department for a total of 16 years since 1990. During the 1997-98 academic year, he served as interim dean of the School of Professional Studies.
A native of Niagara Falls, Casciani earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Springfield College. He obtained a Master of Education in Physical Education from Penn State and a doctorate from West Virginia, where he focused his physical education studies on motor development.
Before joining SUNY Cortland, Casciani was chairman of health and physical education for the Northeastern School District in York County, Pa. He also taught at Baltimore Junior College, Manhasset High School, York (Pa.) Junior College, and in the public school system of Manhasset and York County. He was an assistant football coach at Manhassett High School.
Casciani joined the College in 1970 as an instructor and was promoted to the rank of assistant professor three years later. He was named associate professor in 1981.
In 1990, he became chair of a reorganized Physical Education Department, one of the largest undergraduate programs of its kind in the Unite State. He served until 2000, except from 1997-98, when he was the interim dean of professional studies, at a time the school was newly reorganized for improved coordination and efficiency in its curriculum and intercollegiate athletic program. Following a sabbatical and teaching, Casciani returned to chair his department in 2001 and has served ever since.
At SUNY Cortland, he has taught Research Methods, Graduate Readings, and Readings in Physical Education. He has made professional presentations in his field at the local, state and national level. His research has focused on high-performance learning teams in the college classroom.
He will continue to teach part-time at SUNY Cortland and reside in the city with his wife, Judith Lee. They have two grown children, Christopher and Jennifer, and four grandchildren.