Long Beach City College Vice President of Student Support Services Dr. Gregory Peterson has announced the hiring of Joe Cascio as the college’s new athletic director.
“I am pleased to announce that after a very competitive hiring process we have selected Joe Cascio as our new athletic director,” said Peterson. “President (Eloy) Oakley, Executive Vice President Lou Anne Bynum, and I were all very impressed by the leadership Joe has provided and the energy and experience he will bring to Long Beach City College.”
Cascio will begin his new position at LBCC on Monday, July 15.
“I was extremely excited when I first got the call,” Cascio said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There was no doubt in my mind that I had to go for it, and I couldn’t be happier to join a college with such an impressive athletic tradition.”
Cascio comes to Long Beach after serving as project manager at Santa Monica College’s (SMC) athletic department since 2010. While at SMC, Cascio oversaw and directed a 17-team athletic program.
He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica and most recently served as associate head coach of the SMC men’s basketball team from 2007-2010. Cascio brings more than 20 years of coaching experience ranging from high school, the Amateur Athletic Union and college to LBCC.
“I am pleased to welcome Joe Cascio to the LBCC athletic department, ” said Connie Sears, dean of Student Affairs, Kinesiology and Athletics. “Joe brings a great deal of experience and knowledge with him to the position. I look forward to working with Joe as we prepare for the upcoming school year and athletic seasons.”
Cascio says he is well aware of the long athletic tradition at LBCC and looks to add to the college’s 89 state championships, which are currently the most in California community-college history.
“I want to honor and respect the rich tradition at LBCC,” he said. “I want to build on that tradition. Eighty-nine state championships is only the beginning. It’s time to add more championships in multiple sports.”
Cascio earned his masters of arts in physical education administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2008 and received his bachelor’s of arts in kinesiology from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2007. He was also a student in the California community college system and earned an associate of arts degree in physical education from SMC in 2005.
Cascio, his wife Yolanda, and their three children currently reside in Redondo Beach. His oldest daughter Jessica will be a junior at Long Beach State this fall while daughter Marissa and son Jackson both attend Redondo Union High School.
Cascio replaces Randy Totorp, who served as interim athletic director at LBCC for the past two years. Totorp filled the position that was vacated by Larry Reisbig after he retired in 2011.