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The Accidental Pied Piper

The Accidental Pied PiperLongtime Tufts baseball coach John Casey has not only sculpted a legacy on the field with the Jumbos, but also with his brood of budding baseball stars.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [07.20.05] John Casey (A’80, ‘83), assistant athletic director at Tufts and head coach of the baseball team, is used to success. His Jumbos regularly advance into the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) playoffs. But when he’s not coaching his team to victory on Huskins Field, he’s working with another set of talented athletes: his sons, a baseball clan that’s become a feeder of sorts for the Tufts squad.

His son Brian will be a junior infielder for the Jumbos this year after logging a .303 batting average in the spring. Another son, Kevin, arrives on campus next fall with an eye on third base. Both sons played or currently play for the Milford Legion Post 59 squad, which prepared three other players for the Tufts baseball team’s roster last year.

"They've been very lucky to have the coaches they've had," Casey said of his sons to the Milford Daily News. "Now they know dad's not the only coach that yells at his players."

Casey has two other boys, 14-year-old Brendan and 11-year-old Chris. Baseball has always been a fixture in their household.

"He got me the Ninja Turtle glove," Kevin Casey told the Daily News. "It was always baseball related things."

"We threw them out of the house all the time to play," Casey recalled to the Daily News. "The little ones are even better, learning and playing with the older ones all the time."

Kevin Casey is looking forward to having his dad as a coach – officially, anyhow.

"He coached Brian and Chris in Little League, but not the middle children," Kevin Casey told the Daily News. "But next year we'll see what he's like. It should be quite an experience. We butt heads quite a lot."

In 2004, Casey logged his 350 th career victory with the Jumbos. He currently ranks among the top 40 all-time for NCAA Division III coaching victories.

While a student at Tufts, Casey pitched the Jumbos into consecutive Division II-III Tournament appearances. He also played tight end for 1979’s undefeated football team.

After graduation, he came back as a baseball and football assistant, taking over as head baseball coach in 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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