Report: Casko accepts Fla. coaching position
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Former Cass High football head coach and current Athletic Director Rick Casko was hired as the head football coach by Glades Central High School Tuesday.

“I just felt like it was a chance for me, being from Florida, to go back down there and be with family,” Casko said. “There is a lot of stategic reasons for it as far as family and retirement.”

Casko was the head football coach at Glades Central High School from 1991-1993, making the state playoffs in two of those years and earning a 34-4 overall record.

Casko resigned from his position as Cass’ head football coach last month, but remained the athletic director.

“I couldn’t have worked for a better man than [Cass Principal] Mike Nelson. He’s such a professional and cares so much about the kids. He’s such a good friend,” Casko said. “There are a lot of good people who supported me at Cass and I had a lot of good relationships and that is what life is about.”

During his 11-year tenure as the head coach of the Colonels, he compiled a 43-68 record and two state playoff appearances.

Casko said he was offered the Glades Central coaching position at roughly 2:30 p.m. and has not yet had a chance to discuss the move with his former players or make arrangements forwhen he will cease his duties as the school’s athletic director.

“When I stepped down [from the head football coaching position] at Cass, I did not have a resume out there. I was not looking for other jobs. I just took a peek,” Casko said. “[The Glades Central] job just happened to be open after I resigned. They have a good, solid football program. They’re struggling a little bit now, but they have had some good players come through there.”

Casko resigned from Cass as the winningest football coach in school history.

“I feel very good about everything. I think I did it the right way. I think I impacted [the football program] and made it better,” Casko said. “We had a good staff and we did a lot of good things.”

Prior to coming to Cass, he was assistant head football coach, assistant athletic director and head boys track coach at The Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., from 1992 to 2002.

He was the head football coach at his alma mater, John I Leonard High School, in Lake Worth, Fla., from 1994-1998, where he recorded two of the school’s four winning seasons.

He also was the head football coach at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Fla., where his team was region champions in 1986.

As the head coach at Cass High, his 2004 and 2006 state playoff teams broke every passing, rushing and scoring record in school history.

Casko also was selected to coach in the North Georgia/East Tennessee All-Star game as offensive coordinator in 2004 and 2006.