Mike Cerasuolo ’93 will enter his fourth season as the head coach of the Springfield College football program during the 2019-20 academic year. Cerasuolo was named the 14th head football coach in the program’s history in January of 2016, and became just the fifth head football coach at Springfield College in the last 70 years.
In 2018, Cerasuolo guided Springfield to a New England Bowl title and produced a pair of D3football.com All-America honorees for just the second time in program history. Springfield had a Gagliardi National Player of the Year Semifinalist for the second-straight year, while Nick Giorgio '19 was invited to the New Orleans Saints Rookie Minicamp.
In his second season at the helm, Cerasuolo put together historic 2017 campaign, as Springfield rattled off a 10-0 regular-season record en route to claiming the inaugural New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship. The NEWMAC and The Gridiron Club of Great Boston Division II/III New England Coach of the Year, Cerasuolo guided a Springfield team that led all of college football in rushing with just over 435 yards per game.
Cerasuolo is no stranger to the Springfield College football program, as prior to becoming the head coach, he spent 15 years as the offensive coordinator for the Pride. With Cerasuolo devising the game plans, the Pride has established itself as one of the premier rushing offenses in Division III football, as Springfield College had won five national rushing titles with him as the offensive coordinator.
A sought-after clinician, Cerasuolo has also done great work off the field for the football program, as under his leadership, the Pride has become heavily involved with Team IMPACT and has had three members of the football program be marrow donors through the Be The Match program.
A native of Northboro, Mass., Cerasuolo was the offensive coordinator at Division II Mansfield during the 2000 season. Prior to Mansfield, Cerasuolo held offensive coordinator positions at Mansfield, Alfred, Lebanon Valley, and SUNY Cortland, and was the offensive line and tight ends coach at the University of Maine, while also coaching the defensive line at Ithaca.
A standout student-athlete for Springfield College from 1989-1993, Cerasuolo was named Springfield College's most valuable offensive player during his senior year, as the center was a two-time Division II All-New England selection, and a 1992 Associated Press and New England College Football Writers' Association All-Star. After earning his bachelor's degree in physical education from Springfield College, Cerasuolo went on to receive his master's degree in sport pedagogy from Ithaca in 1995.
Mike and his wife, Tracy, reside in Hampden, Mass. with their two daughters.
- Led Springfield to a 10-0 regular-season record in 2017 and their first trip to the NCAA Division III Championship since 2006
- Named the 2017 NEWMAC Coach of the Year and the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Division II/III New England Coach of the Year
- Has led the Pride to six national rushing titles, including most recently in 2017.
- Coached offenses that have eclipsed the 40-point mark 41 times, the 50-point plateau 18 times, and have reached 60 points 12 times
- Has had 14 student-athletes become All-Americans, including Chris Sharpe ’07, who won the Melberger Award, given to the top Division III Football Player in the country, and Jordan Wilcox '18, who was the program's first-ever Gagliardi National Player of the Year Trophy Finalist.
- Had three-student-athletes earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2017, the most of any program in the nation
A 1993 Springfield graduate and a native of Northboro, Mass., Cerasuolo was the offensive coordinator at Division II Mansfield (Pa.) during the 2000 season. He was also in charge of the offensive line, quarterbacks, tight ends, short snappers, holders, and kick returners. Prior to Mansfield, Cerasuolo held offensive coordinator positions at Alfred (N.Y.), Lebanon Valley (Pa.), and SUNY Cortland. He was also the offensive line and tight ends coach at the University of Maine, and defensive line coach at Ithaca (N.Y.). A standout center, Cerasuolo was named SC’s most valuable offensive player during his senior year. He was a two-time Division II All-New England selection (1991, 1992), and a 1992 Associated Press and New England College Football Writers’ Association All-Star. After earning his bachelor's degree in physical education from Springfield College, Cerasuolo went on to receive his master's degree in sport pedagogy from Ithaca in 1995. Mike and his wife, Tracy, reside in Southwick with their two children.- See more at: http://www3.springfieldcollege.edu/homepage/athletics.nsf/Headline/D4982F6B033D4E6F852576AB0070CDD8#sthash.2uCxO6QJ.dpuf