CORAL SPRINGS - On the same day that Coral Glades head football coach Cameron Thomas broke the news to his team, parents and student body that he was stepping down to head in a different direction, the Jaguars quickly filled the head football position.
After helping to turn this program around, Thomas took his team to a post season and injected a winning formula. He developed talent on and off the field and gave this program something it hadn’t had – a winner!
Casullo, who has won state and national titles at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas as well lifting Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy into the spotlight, comes to the Coral Springs area after a short stint at Cypress Bay in Weston. While with the Lightning he started to get the program back on track.
His hiring, while it was a surprise to many, is something that Principal Dr. Mark Kaplan and new Athletic Director Howie Schrager believe is a perfect fit for a program that not only has one of the finest facilities but also a unique drawing power from throughout Northwest Broward County.
“This is a great opportunity for me at this time in my career,” Casullo said. “I am surrounded by an amazing administration and a community that had a taste of winning football.”
The one thing that Casullo has that many south Florida coaches may lack are college contacts. His nearly two decades of coaching and teaching gave him the opportunity to make friends with many college coaches across the country who have recruited his players.
What Casullo represents is someone who has plenty of experience – coming from a family that has been involved in the game all of his life. His father Bob is a former coach at the collegiate level for 15 years, also spending 9 years in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Bucs. He also had the opportunity to coach in 2 Super Bowls.
“I have learned so much about this game from being around some great people,” Casullo said. “From my dad to Coach George Smith at St. Thomas Aquinas, there aren’t two more established and better teachers of this sport.”
During Casullo’s overall tenure (15 years) with St. Thomas Aquinas, the Raiders won 5 state titles and 2 national championships.
CORAL GLADES THROUGH THE YEARS
While Thomas elevated the Jaguars in 2021, the program has long struggled to maintain a winner. Over the past 10 years, they had just one winning season and compiled a 26-66 record:
2020 (2-2). Covid Season.
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