The Springfield College Office of Communications recently got a chance to catch up with our own Charley Casserly (‘71, G’72), TV sportscaster and former NFL executive with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. Casserly has made a name for himself in the sports world and credits the lessons learned at Springfield College, as well as raw determination, for his success. He offers suggestions for those looking to follow in his footsteps and speaks to what makes a Springfield College graduate unique.
"It all comes back to Springfield College and the essence of what you learn there, about ‘it’s bigger than us’ and ‘we want to serve people’ And that’s the bond we all have. When you meet a Springfield [College] man or woman there’s an immediate bond...we all share that same vision for the rest of our lives." -Charley Casserly
While it’s difficult to sum up his career contributions, it’s safe to say that Charley Casserly is well known in the sports world.
After graduating from Springfield College, Casserly returned to the College to work as a coach from 1973-74. He coached at a few local high schools (Minnechaug in Wilbraham, Mass. and Central in Springfield, Mass.), before starting with the Redskins as an unpaid intern in 1977. As general manager of the Redskins, the team would head to four super bowls, winning three. He then served as Senior Vice President & General Manager for the expansion Houston Texans (2000-2006). Now, Casserly works as a sports broadcaster for the NFL Network and is an adjunct instructor at Georgetown University and George Mason University.
In 1998, he was inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate degree in Humanics.
Recently, our Office of Communications was given a chance to catch up with Casserly, who shared how Springfield College helped him throughout his career and offered valuable career advice as well.