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Dave Casey (1996)

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Dave Casey

A 1966 graduate and three-sport athlete at South High, Dave Casey has devoted his life to education and coaching, and as the longtime athletic trainer for the Adirondack Red Wings.

At South High, Dave played football under Bulldog Pride Hall of Famer Bert Baker, basketball under Bulldog Pride Hall of Famer Ron Lennox, and baseball under legendary coach Andy McGuffin. He was part of the 1966 undefeated Northern Conference championship team, and credits Coach McGuffin with giving him his coaching start, allowing him to coach third base and telling him “You should try to do this stuff. You’re pretty good at it!”

He taught for more than 30 years, coaching basketball, baseball and football for 91 seasons at St. Mary’s Academy and Glens Falls High School, recording 810 varsity wins and 230 junior varsity wins heading into this fall season. He is now in his final season as a volunteer assistant coach for the powerhouse Indians football team, and was the last local high school coach to guide teams in football, basketball and baseball.

After graduating from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, and where he played freshman soccer and lacrosse, Dave began his teaching and coaching career at St. Mary’s in September 1970, serving as a physical education and driver’s education teacher. He worked with Joe Girard at St. Mary’s, serving as offensive coordinator in football, junior varsity basketball coach and varsity baseball coach, where he led the Kerry Blues to four Northern Conference championships and two Section II titles in 10 years.

He earned his master’s degree at Ithaca in 1974, concentrating in athletic training, which set him up for a future job.

In 1979, he was hired as the first athletic trainer for the Adirondack Red Wings, serving in that role for 14 seasons, 1,253 games including 135 playoff games. He missed two games in 14 seasons. During that time, the Red Wings won four Calder Cup titles, and Dave is the only man to win earn four AHL title rings in Glens Falls.

During his time with the Red Wings, he was instrumental in joining the AHL trainers and equipment managers with the NHL’s Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society, and was the AHL representative on the group’s executive board for six years.

Dave returned to teaching in 1995 at Abraham Wing, and was soon appointed to key Glens Falls High School coaching positions by his longtime friend and fellow Ithaca College graduate Doug Kenyon. He was varsity assistant basketball coach for 20 years, helping the Indians win six Foothills Council championships, two Section II titles and three state regional titles. Glens Falls made it to three state Final Fours and two final games and won 304 games in that span.

In baseball, he coached the Indians for 15 seasons, leading them to two Foothills Council titles and one sectional championship. He was a key member of the Section II baseball committee for 11 years, and was named Post-Star Coach of the Year in 2012. In all, Casey had 324 varsity baseball wins at St. Mary’s and Glens Falls.

In football, he helped St. Mary’s to three Northern Conference titles and a Section II title. At Glens Falls, he helped the Indians to five Foothills Council crowns, three Section II titles, two regional championships and the state Class B title in 2016. In all, Casey’s teams won 182 varsity games.

He is also a two-time inductee into the Adirondack Hockey Hall of Game, a three-time inductee in the Glens Falls Grandstanders Athletic Hall of Fame, and is a member of the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame.

The son of David and Eileen Casey (his mom was also a South High graduate), Dave has two sisters: Mary Ellen Toomey (Mark) and Maureen Casey.

Loving husband to Janice, Dave has four children: Jeff, who is married to Nicole, and their daughter Genevieve; Kelly; Brian, who along with his significant other Anna is expecting a baby boy in December; and Ryan and his wife Melody and their son Dylan.