varsity football head coach Tom Casey has submitted his resignation after one season at the helm.
The Wantagh Board of Education accepted Casey's resignation at its Wednesday night meeting held in the Wantagh High School Auditorium.
Casey's decision to resign comes a month after dozens of Wantagh football parents flocked to a Feb. 8 Board of Education meeting for the head coach after a small but vocal group of residents lobbied to get him dismissed through emails to district officials. No reasons for why the few parents lobbied for his dismissal were provided at the Feb. 8 school board meeting when the issue came up during public comments.
Casey could not be reached for comment on his decision to depart from his head coaching duties. He was as Wantagh’s varsity football head coach last July following the school board's to not re-appoint the gridiron program’s longtime coaching leader Keith Sachs.
In Casey's one season at Wantagh, he led the Warriors to a 9-2 record and an appearance in the . Casey previously held assistant football coaching stints at high school and college programs during the last three decades including on Rob Perpall's staff at in 2009 and 2010.
Wantagh Board of Education president William Russack said the process to replace Casey will begin immediately with an advertisement of the head coaching position. Russack said the district's athletic director Jennifer Keane will conduct interviews with candidates and the appointment of a new football head coach is expected sometime in the spring.