The Assumption College football team recently wrapped up its most successful season in program history, and a pair of Milford High graduates played a big role both on the field and as part of the coaching staff.
Patrick Corcoran helped anchor the Greyhounds’ offensive line as the starting right guard, while recent Assumption graduate and standout defensive back Jarrod Casey worked with the team as an assistant coach.
“It was definitely an exciting year, it was something I had never been a part of and something I didn’t expect to be a part of here at Assumption,” Corcoran said.
Assumption finished the season 11-2, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division 2 playoffs. The Greyhounds lost to unbeaten Indiana University of Pennsylvania 27-22 last weekend.
“It was an historic season, the best Assumption football has ever had,” Casey said. “We were a couple of plays away from being in the Final Four. I’m sure the seniors are a little down that their season is over, but this team should be proud”
Corcoran and Casey graduated Milford High a year apart from each other, but graduated college the same year after Casey spent post-grad year at a prep school. Corcoran, 23, finished his undergrad studies at Assumption last year with degrees in education and history, and is working on his Master’s in special education. Now that his playing career is over, Corcoran said he wants to find work in teaching and would like to coach football to help guide young players the way his coaches did for him.
The 6-foot-4, 310 pounder started every game on the offensive line during each of the past two seasons.
“I’m really happy with the way everything turned out,” he said. “It took me until my last couple years to really hit my stride as a player but the coaches stuck with me, I cannot credit them enough.”
One of those coaches this year was Casey. The 23-year-old works as an accountant, but spent the fall assisting the Assumption staff on game days and said he wants to do more work in coaching.
“It’s been awesome, Pat and I have known each other since we were little and we both came to Assumption together as freshmen,” Casey said. “We never won a championship in high school, so going to college and having some success on the football career is a great thing. He’s had a great career and I am happy for him.”