Former NFF President Bob Casciola Passes Away

All-Ivy League player at Princeton, college head coach and banker led NFF from 1991 to 2004.

IRVING, Texas (April 26, 2024) – Bob Casciola, who served as the president of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame from 1995 to January 2005 and executive director of the organization from 1991 to 1995, passed away April 25 after a brief illness. He was 89.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Casciola, who so ably led our organization during an amazing period of growth and modernization in the 1990s and early 2000s,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “Nobody cared more intensely about the game and its power to change lives than Bob. He credited football with opening doors for him to attend Princeton, which launched his successful banking career, and he worked tirelessly to protect the game for future generations. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s wife Janet, his children, and the many people he touched over the years, and we are extremely grateful for his enormous impact on the National Football Foundation.”

“Bob Casciola was enormously respected and a man of great integrity,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “He became a great source of counsel for me, and we worked seamlessly together in 2005 when I succeeded him. As a former coach, he knew how to build a great team at the NFF, which included a blue-chip board and a top-flight staff. He left a great legacy at the NFF for us to build upon, and I have always been deeply appreciative of his support over the years. We are all saddened by his passing and want his family to know how grateful we are for his many contributions to our organization.”