Dean V. Casagrande
Sport:
Year of Graduation:
Year Inducted:
Men's Soccer, Baseball, Men's Ice Hockey
1983
2002

Biography

A three sport star in high school, Casagrande brought his athletic prowess to Holy Cross in the fall of 1979.  In soccer he graduated as the program's leading scorer in goals (27), assists (15), and points (69).  His goals and points marks were eventually broken by fellow Hall inductee Brian Petz '95.  He also left Mount St. James with the school record for assists in a match, a four helper effort versus Assumption in 1982.  He capped off his senior season with a nomination for the East-West All Star Game. 

During the winters at Holy Cross, Casagrande helped tend net for the men's ice hockey team.  In his four seasons, the squad finished 71-51-4, and the team finished with winning records in three of the years.  In the spring, he busied himself with baseball, hitting .310 as a junior with a .925 fielding percentage.  In his senior season, he batted .275 and was a stalwart on defense with a .945 fielding percentage as an infielder.  

The first two-sport nominee to the Academic All-American Squad since Ronald K. Perry '80, Casagrande was a two-year recipient of the Hurley Scholarship given to an outstanding scholar athlete, and was named Crusader of the year in 1983 by the Holy Cross Varsity Club.