Champions’ Locker Room – Rocco Casullo, former St. Thomas Aquinas head coach

by Jeff Fisher

St. Thomas Aquinas High School footballRocco Casullo stepped-down as the head coach at Florida-power St. Thomas Aquinas in January, but not before leading the Raiders to the state’s Class 7A title last season and a #9 ranking in the High School Football America Top 25 rankings algorithm.  Casullo served as STA’s head coach for five years, taking over for the legendary George Smith, who still serves as the school’s athletic director.

Last month, Mater Academy hired Casullo to lead its program.

Coach Chris Fore, who is a partner with us at High School Football America, recently released an interview he did with Casullo before his resignation from STA. It’s part of Champions’ Locker Room series that can be found at CoachFore.org.  Below is an excerpt of the interview.

1.   What does your football program do differently from other programs in your league, conference, state that helped you win a  Championship?
Casullo: At Saint Thomas , it starts w/ off season work outs that run 12 weeks leading up to Spring football. If you want to be playing in December, you better start working hard in February.

2.  What do you consider to be the most important aspect of your championship?
Casullo: Great assistant coaches that devote many hours all year round planning and preparing.
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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.