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Lehigh men’s team announces hiring of former Malvern Prep coach Keating and promotion of Cassese

Wednesday, 8th September 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 9/8/10
From Press Releases and Staff Reports

Lehigh University men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese announced today that former Malvern Prep coach Dan Keating has been named a volunteer assistant coach and Tom Cassese – the coach’s father – has been named the program’s Director of Quality Control.

Keating (Episcopal Academy graduate) comes to Lehigh after spending the last six seasons at three well-known high school lacrosse programs. Keating spent the last two seasons at Malvern Prep serving first as an assistant coach before taking over as head coach for the 2010 season.

Under Keating’s leadership, Malvern Prep posted a 13-8 record and shared the Inter-Ac League championship with Haverford School. Keating mentored a pair of high school All-Americans, one Under Armour All-American and three All-State selections. Keating resigned from the job several weeks ago.

Prior to his stint at Malvern Prep, Keating spent three seasons as the head coach of St. Joseph’s Prep. His teams won 73 percent of their games in those three seasons, including four state playoff wins. Keating coached 24 All-Catholic League players and three All-State performers at St. Joe’s Prep.

In 2005, Keating held his first Varsity head coaching position at the Taft School in Connecticut. He also enjoyed a stint as the junior varsity coach at The Haverford School and has extensive experience working camps at both Duke and Army.

A 1999 graduate of Duke, with a degree in history, Keating was a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and appeared in three NCAA tournaments for the Blue Devils. Keating was an All-State selection for Episcopal Academy in 1994.

“I am very excited to officially announce the addition of Dan Keating to our Lehigh Lacrosse coaching staff,” said Cassese. “Dan is highly qualified as a lacrosse coach and a leader of young men.

“Among many other terrific accomplishments in our sport, he has served as the head coach of three nationally renowned high school lacrosse programs, leading each of those programs to highly successful seasons on and off the field. In my opinion, Dan Keating is a rising star in the coaching profession and I feel fortunate to have him begin his journey as a collegiate coach with our program here at Lehigh University.”

Tom Cassese spent the last three seasons at Lehigh as the volunteer assistant.

“I am thrilled to have my father, who is affectionately known as ‘Coachese’ by players and staff members alike, stay with our lacrosse program as the Director of Quality Control,” Kevin Cassese said. “With his infinite wisdom and overall experience in the world of coaching, in the education system, and in parenthood, Coachese will serve as a valuable mentor and adviser to me personally, to the entire coaching staff, and to players in our program.

“In my opinion, there is no better person to be keeping tabs on the overall quality of the program on a daily basis than my father, Coachese.”

In 2007, Cassese retired as the Head Football Coach at Comsewogue High School, a public school found on the North Shore of Suffolk County, Long Island.

Cassese began his tenure at Comsewogue in 1973 and is the winningest coach in Suffolk County history and the first to reach 200 career victories. During his tenure, Comsewogue made 18 appearances in the playoffs, earned 14 League or Division championships, six Suffolk County Championships, and one Long Island crown. His 1990 squad earned the Rutgers Trophy as the top team in the county.

Cassese has been named either League or Division Coach of the Year an astounding 16 times, County Coach of the Year twice and participated in the Boomer Esiason Outback Steakhouse Challenge four times. Tom was also selected by Madison Square Garden as its Coach of the Year in 1998 and earned two New York Jets Coach of the Week awards during the 1998 and 2003 campaigns.

On a personal note, Cassese graduated from C.W. Post College in 1967 with a degree in Business Administration. He went on to enjoy a five-year playing career in professional football with the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, and the Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Upon the conclusion of his playing career, he attended the University of Vermont where he earned a Masters Degree in Physical Education and coached the Wide Receivers and Defensive Backs on the football team.

He assumed his teaching duties at Comsewogue High School in 1973 and retired in 2003. He is married to Barbara, his wife of 40 years.

Returning assistant coaches Taylor Wray and Brendan Callahan complete Lehigh’s coaching staff for the 2011 season.

With fall workouts already underway, Lehigh will announce its fall ball schedule in the coming days.

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