A three sport star in high school,
Casagrande brought his athletic prowess to Holy Cross in the fall
of 1979. In soccer he graduated as the program's leading
scorer in goals (27), assists (15), and points (69). His
goals and points marks were eventually broken by fellow Hall
inductee Brian Petz '95. He also left Mount St. James with
the school record for assists in a match, a four helper effort
versus Assumption in 1982. He capped off his senior season
with a nomination for the East-West All Star Game.
During the winters at Holy Cross, Casagrande helped tend net for the men's ice hockey team. In his four seasons, the squad finished 71-51-4, and the team finished with winning records in three of the years. In the spring, he busied himself with baseball, hitting .310 as a junior with a .925 fielding percentage. In his senior season, he batted .275 and was a stalwart on defense with a .945 fielding percentage as an infielder.
The first two-sport nominee to the Academic All-American Squad since Ronald K. Perry '80, Casagrande was a two-year recipient of the Hurley Scholarship given to an outstanding scholar athlete, and was named Crusader of the year in 1983 by the Holy Cross Varsity Club.