The fall of 2016 will see a familiar face roaming the Springfield College football sidelines as former offensive coordinator Mike Cerasuolo has been named the next head coach. Cerasuolo will be the 14th head coach in school history and just the fifth head coach in the past 70 years.
“I am so thankful and humbled at the opportunity to be the next head football coach at Springfield College. I want to thank President Cooper, Dr. Poisson, and the search committee for their due diligence during this process,” Cerasuolo said in a statement through the Springfield athletics site. “I’ve had many mentors help me to this point in my career, including Mike DeLong and Jack Holik, who have provided the foundation and standard for which we will continue to build our program. “
Cerasuolo has been the offensive coordinator at Springfield for the last 15 years, grooming the Pride offense into one of the deadliest attacks in Division III. Springfield has led the country in rushing five times, while it has put up 40 points on 35 occasions. Cerasuolo has also coached nine offensive All-Americans, including the 2006 Melberger Award recipient, an award given to the top Division III football student-athlete in the country, Chris Sharpe,
“The way that Coach Cerasuolo has carried himself on the sidelines, in the classroom, and in the community is symbiotic with Springfield College, its mission of developing leaders, and its athletic program,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Craig Poisson in the same statement on the college’s athletic website. “As we look to the future with Coach Cerasuolo as the new head coach and the upcoming transition into the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), this is a very exciting time for Springfield College football.”
Cerasuolo is a 1993 Springfield College graduate who has served as the offensive coordinator at Mansfield University, Alfred University, Lebanon Valley College, and SUNY Cortland. Cerasuolo also coached the offensive line and tight ends at the University of Maine and the defensive line at Ithaca College.