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MSJ chooses Jeff Cassarino to coach Mountie Boys’ Basketball Team

Jeff Cassarino, who took over the MSJ football program last fall, has been named as the head coach of the MSJ varsity boys' basketball team. He takes over a MSJ program that won the Division II state championship in March and that has consistently ranked as one of the best teams in the state regardless of division.

"It has been great to have Coach Cassarino be a part of the MSJ community as head football coach. We are thrilled that he will be bringing his energy, enthusiasm, and communication skills to the basketball program," said Andrew Costello, secretary of the Rutland Catholic Schools Board.

Cassarino is a Rutland native with decades of coaching experience. He has coached sports ranging from football to basketball to baseball, and has coached every age group, including youth league, high school, and college. He recently has been involved in starting a Knights of Columbus padded flag football program for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, which has attracted over 30 students.

The naming of Cassarino to take on dual head coaching responsibilities harkens back to earlier decades in MSJ's history when there was one coach for multiple men's varsity sports, such as the legendary Barry Brannon.

Coach Cassarino has explained that, "through sports, I firmly believe student-athletes can, and do, learn valuable life lessons." He wants his students to "work to excel in the classroom and be leaders in the school."

Mount Saint Joseph Academy is a college preparatory Catholic high school located in Rutland, Vt., specializing in educating the mind and spirit for more than a century. MSJ's tradition of academic excellence in the Rutland region dates back to its founding by the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1882. For more information, visit www.msjvermont.org or call (802) 775-0151.