Texans general manager Nick Caserio, a record-setting quarterback at John Carroll University, is giving back to his alma mater.
Caserio is funding a new leadership position within the athletic department: the assistant athletic director for leadership development and student athlete success, a job that will focus on fostering a stronger connection between academics, athletics and professional development.
This position will be a primary liaison between athletics and the academic success center, academic advisors and the university counseling center to promote wellness, professional development and personal excellence to promote leadership, personal responsibility and community engagement and inclusiveness and diversity to support underrepresented members of the university athletic department.
Caserio, hired last year by the Texans after earning six Super Bowl rings as a New England Patriots executive, is a 1998 John Carroll graduate who's one of 30 former Blue Streak football players and coaches now working in the NFL, including Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels and Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler, his former Patriots colleagues and college teammates.
"When I reflect on my experience at John Carroll University, several things stand out: incredible camaraderie and success on the field, a broad and rigorous academic curriculum, and an overall experience that fostered resilience and confidence amongst my peers," Caserio said. "My teammates and friends at John Carroll are now leaders in every industry, and I want to ensure that the next generation of Blue Streaks continue to be equipped to face life's challenges with integrity, experience, and a broad set of skills."
John Carroll has over 700 student-athletes competing for championships annually, and the school ranks at the top of the Ohio Athletic Conference in the Learfield Division III Directors Cup standings.The school has won a conference record six consecutive conference men's all-sports trophies.
"We are incredibly proud of the way our student-athletes combine their academic knowledge, professional experience, and competitive integrity to become difference makers in their careers and communities," Michelle Morgan, senior JCU athletics director, said. "Nick's support of our new leadership position will enhance John Carroll's ability to identify the support that our student athletes need and connect them to campus resources."
Caserio was a four-year starting quarterback, a three-time academic all-conference selection and a two-time team captain who was the all-time leader for career passing yards, total offense, touchdown passes, completions and completion percentage, going 33-7-2 as a starter and leading the 1997 team to the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Caserio coached receivers, worked as a personnel assistant, offensive coaching assistant and director of pro personnel for the Patriots before being promoted to director of player personnel and then being hired by the Texans.
Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair praised Caserio for his leadership when the team promoted Lovie Smith to head coach, saying he firmly believes in the executive's skills and work ethic.