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New BCHS head football coach introduced at meet & greet


Jessica Watts

ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School is excited to announce Tony Casarella as their new head football coach for the 2016 season. Casarella was introduced at the Jags football meet and greet on Feb. 9.

Jay Kopas and the athletic department had a list of 61 applicants. After narrowing it down to five, it was pretty much a unanimous decision after the interview process was over, according to Kopas. This is Casarella’s 11th year teaching and coaching at Boulder Creek, and he also coached for 14 years prior to Boulder Creek.

“I always felt like I was preparing for this moment,” Casarella said at the meet and greet. “I was an assistant to all the five coaches but I was priming myself to be the best I could be to become a better coach every year.”

Casarella went on to say he feels extremely prepared and ready to lead this football program. Casarella says his coaching style reflects a blue collar mentality.

“Work hard every day and be proud of who are you,” Casarella said.

Casarella teaches a very physical form of football that teaches mental and physical toughness. He went on say that he is more of a Bill Belichick type coach than a Pete Carroll. Wanting to develop a community of champions, Casarella’s core values of the program will be measureable commitment, meaningful relationships, a tremendous work ethic, accountability to self and others, and devotion to home, school, and community. Casarella has learned through his 25 years of coaching “you don’t sacrifice teaching life lessons to win games.”

Seniors are Casarella’s first priority. Wanting Boulder Creek to be successful now, Casarella says this program is being built to sustain success over time. Boulder Creek will open their 2016 season against Hamilton High School on Friday, Aug. 19.