William J. Casey
Sport:
Year of Graduation:
Year Inducted:
Men's Basketball
1910
1961

Biography

Casey was a Worcester native who was one of the first basketball stars in school history.  He captained the 1908-09 team as a junior, but saw the program discontinued the following year.  When the program returned for the 1920-21 season, Casey was its coach. He led the team from 1920 through 1924, and coached the only undefeated Holy Cross basketball team -- the 2-0 squad in the 1920-21 season.  His 1921-22 team, captained by Dinny McLaughlin had a 14-3 record and is reported to have won the New England Championship. He coached some of the Crusaders' greatest athletes, even those who were famous for their exploits on the baseball diamond, such as Bill Horan and Ownie Carroll. He later was principal at Worcester’s Commerce High and was inducted into the Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1961, three years before his death.