Bob Casalandra '62
Robert "Bo" Casalandra earned eight total varsity letters at
Grove City College from 1957 to 1961. A native of nearby New Castle, Casalandra
played a pivotal role in the football program's resurgence in the late 1950s
under head coach Jack Behringer and also helped the track and field team achieve
prominence in that time.
Casalandra earned Honorable Mention Little All-America honors as a sophomore in 1958 for his work at tackle. The Pittsburgh Press cited him as All-District in both 1958 and 1960 and he earned the inaugural Jim Cross Memorial Trophy as the outstanding player in the 1958 Homecoming game. As a junior in 1959, Casalandra earned All-State recognition.
He returned two interceptions for touchdowns in his career and also recovered a fumble for a touchdown against Allegheny in 1957. Casalandra handled place-kicking duties throughout his career at Grove City and served as team co-captain in 1960.
Casalandra also earned four letters as a thrower for the Wolverine track and field team. As a senior co-captain in 1961, Casalandra won the shot put at the West Penn Conference Championships, helping Grove City earn the team title.
Grove City compiled a 24-10 overall record in dual meets during his career under the direction of head coach Jim Longnecker. In 1961, the Wolverines posted a 5-0 mark against West Penn foes.
Casalandra graduated with a history degree in 1962 and earned a master's of education degree at Westminster in 1967. He worked as a teacher and coach in the New Castle area following graduation. Casalandra spent four years as head football coach at Ben Franklin Junior High School and 31 years as an assistant football coach at Shenango High School.