Cascio steps down at Northpoint
By BOB BAKKEN
The first coaching casualty of the high school football postseason has taken place in DeSoto County, as Northpoint Christian School coach Chris Cascio has announced he is stepping down. He informed his players of his decision during a meeting after school on Tuesday.
“I have decided to take a step back and spend more time as a dad and husband,” Cascio said in making his announcement. “After being a head coach for 19 out of 24 years of coaching, it is time to slow down and make sure my family is first in my life priorities.”
Athletic Director Barry Gray said Cascio had been talking with him about having the chance to spend more family time but not leave the school.
“Our priorities from God are Christ first and then family,” Gray said. “I told him that was the right thing to do. I was excited that he was going to stay with us.”
Cascio is not leaving the school, as he will continue as strength coach and as head junior high football coach.
Cascio assumed the head coaching duties when Greg Wallace left the Southaven private school to become head football coach and athletic director at Bayou Academy in Cleveland, Miss. two years ago. He was defensive coordinator under Wallace and helped lead the Trojans to the TSSAA Division II-A state championship game in 2016.
That year the Trojans had an undefeated regular season and postseason up to the title clash at Tennessee Tech against eventual champion St. George’s of Collierville, Tenn.
During Cascio’s two-year stint as Northpoint head coach, his teams posted a 5-16 overall record.
The Trojans were 5-6 in 2017 and reached the first round of the playoffs before losing to Lausanne Collegiate.
This year’s football team struggled mightily, however, and ended with an 0-10 mark.
“This past season was extremely disappointing, but I am very proud of our players’ efforts while being their head coach,” said Cascio. “I want to thank my Northpoint family for a great six-year run.”
Prior to coming to Northpoint in 2013, Cascio worked as an assistant coach at St. Benedict, DeSoto Central and Olive Branch, in addition to St. Joseph and Little Rock Catholic in Arkansas.
Gray said the position will start being advertised in the next week and expects to have a new coach named before the start of spring practice.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.