Former Duryea resident Bill Kasulis will be named the Scranton Lions Club Man of the Year at halftime of the 80th Dream Game, which is scheduled to be played at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Kasulis, who was inducted into the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, was a standout athlete, coach, official and educator is his time spent in Greater Pittston.
Born and raised on York Avenue in Duryea, Kasulis 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.
Although he was invited to a few rookie camps, Kasulis continued his commitment to the United States Army.
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.
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.”