The Briar Cliff Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1991, following the 25th anniversary of co-ed intercollegiate athletics at Briar Cliff. The Hall was formed as a means of recognizing those who have, at some point in their lives, left their mark on the Charger Athletic Program. The Hall is designed to include former athletes, coaches, athletic personnel, entire teams and honorary inductees. This year's inductees are the 1973-74 Powerlifting Team, Chad Neubrand 'XX and honorary inductee Michael Casuscelli.
Michael Casuscelli: Voice of the Chargers > 19XX-XX
Mike is a 1979 graduate of Briar Cliff University. He earned degrees in Health, Physical Education & Recreation and Mass Communications. Mike has been married to his wife, Janet, for 35 years. Mike and Janet are the proud parents have two children, Kimberley, and Joshua.
After graduating from BCU, Mike began a newspaper career in Sioux City. Mike has been very successful throughout his 30 + years in the newspaper business. Mike served as an Advertising Executive, Advertising Director, and Publisher for newspaper operations in Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan, Missouri, and Indiana. Mike is the recipient of a number of awards to include publisher awards for newspapers in Traverse City, MI, and Batesville, Indiana. Also, Mike was the recipient of an NAACP Award for community service in Anderson, IN. Additionally, Mike has always been very involved in community service wherever he lived. Mike has been an active member of many Board of Directors to include the YMCA, United Way, American Red Cross, Economic Development, and Health Center in the communities where he lived. Mike's accomplishments and his community service truly exemplify the knowledge, skills, and abilities learned by Mike while at Briar Cliff University.
While attending BCU, Mike was very involved in sports. Mike was a member of the first BCU soccer team. Mike played soccer for four years and was named Team Captain (3 years) and Team MVP (2 years). Additionally, Mike was a trainer for the Men's basketball team, working for Coach Ray Nacke. This relationship developed into a life-long friendship with Coach Nacke and his family. It also led to what Mike is probably best known for by sports fans in Siouxland as the "Voice of the Chargers" (over a ten year period in the 1970s and 1980s). Mike was always enthusiastic behind the microphone and generated tremendous fan support for BCU. Mike's voice resonated throughout the gymnasium and always kept fans and opponents involved in the game. Mike's most famous p.a. announcement was "ROLANDO FRAZIER" during the Panamanian Pipeline years. Everyone who remembers those years will remember Mike and fondly recall great times at BCU basketball games.
Mike is a real gentleman and has accomplished much throughout hiscareer. He has never forgotten Briar Cliff and continues to closely follow Briar Cliff University in all of its endeavors.