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Kasulis inducted to NEPA Hall of Fame

November 09. 2013 3:23PM

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Bill Kasulis was named to the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of fame at a recent dinner held at the DeNaples Center on the campus of The University of Scranton. He was honored, along with 10 others, at the 31st annual induction ceremony.

“It’s a very prestigious award,” Kasulis said. “It’s honorable. It’s one that you would cherish for the rest of your life. To be mentioned with them is quite an honor.”

Kasulis was born and raised on York Avenue in Duryea. He is the son of the late Bill Kasulis, of Scranton, and the late Claire Runski Beckley, of White Haven, both originally from Duryea.

He was the running back at Duryea High School and graduated All-Scholastic with the Class of 1957. He played baseball with the Suburban Dispatch League, from where he was recruited by the St. Louis Cardinals.

He attended The University of Scranton on a football scholarship and was one of three players to receive a football letter three consecutive years. At Scranton, Kasulis held many rushing records when the school decided to cut the football program.

He was then recruited by the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. He was a member of the ROTC at The University of Scranton and was commissioned as a Lieutenant upon his graduation in 1961. He spent the next two years stationed at Selfridge Army Base, Detroit, MI. and then Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

“I was invited to the rookie camps,” he said. “But I had a commitment to the United States Army. I had active duty.”

He was head football coach at Riverside High School where he had a record of 24-12-5, coached the first undefeated team at Riverside and his team was co-champs of the Big Eleven Conference in 1972. He was named Football Coach of the Year by WSCR radio in 1972.

Kasulis was a PIAA football official for 37 years, a basketball official for 25 years, a soccer official for 16 years, a softball official for 30 years and a track and field official for 28 years, for a total of 136 seasons. He received a “Certificated of Appreciation” from the PIAA.

“I also had 30 years of ASA softball and 16 years of American Legion baseball and 20 years of Babe Ruth,” Kasulis said. “When the areas were short of officials, they came to me. I always obliged them.

“I definitely miss it. I was very fortunate. I was able to play many of the sports and coach them. Then I was able to officiate it. The most important thing in my life was playing the sport. It was three-fold.”

Kasulis is the father of two children, Attorney Jeanine Kasulis and her husband, Attorney Andy Soven, who reside in Lower Merion with their children, Genevieve and Aiden; and Bill, of Scranton.

Kasulis, who currently resides in Moosic, is a retired elementary principal/vice-principal high school in the Riverside School District.

If you know Bill Kasulis, then you probably know how much of a Penn State fan he is. And you’ve probably heard his famous words: “Go Penn State, Go.”

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