|Title:||Defensive Coordinator/DB Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Saginaw Valley State '12, '13|
|Coaching Experience (yrs):||6|
|Seasons at Husson:||4|
|Recruiting Area:||Massachusetts, Georgia, and International|
Grant Caserta enters his fourth season as the Husson defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2018.
Husson’s defense remained one of the preeminent units in the ECFC and the country in 2016 as the Husson defense led all of Division III by allowing 181.7 yards per game - an average of 3.30 yards per play. The Eagles were the only team in all of college football in 2016 to hold opponents under 200 yards per game.
Husson also led Division III in rushing defense by permitting only 476 yards and eight touchdowns on 394 carries - just 1.60 per carry. The Eagles also put opposing passers on their backs 34 times this fall (3.40 per game), 14th most in Division III and most in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).
Husson was also stout against the pass, allowing 88 completions on 244 attempts for only 1,341 yards (5.5 per attempt) with 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, good enough to lead all of college football with an 84.81 opposing passer rating and ranked third in Division III in passing yards allowed (134.1).
The Eagles also led Division III in third down defense (19.9 percent conversion rate), first down defense (86) and ranked 12th with 8.9 tackles for loss per game.
Individually, junior defensive lineman Luke Washburn was named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, presented to the nation’s top small college defensive player of the year after being named Husson’s fourth-straight ECFC’s Defensive Player of the Year and a NEFW All-New England selection. Washburn and senior inside linebacker Ellis Throckmorton were named to the All-ECFC first team defense, while sophomore defensive end Elvin Suazo, Jr., junior cornerback Jean Gabriel and senior rover Logan Steward earned All-ECFC second team defense honors and sophomore cornerback Quan Soyini earned All-ECFC honorable mention recognition. Caserta was named a finalist for Division III Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop.com.
In 2015, the Eagles led the conference in total defense (226.1 ypg), rushing defense (60.4 ypg), scoring defense (17.6 ppg), turnovers gained (29), first downs defense (122), 3rd down conversion pct. defense (0.223), team passing efficiency defense (93.84), 4th down conversion pct. defense (0.231) and fumbles recovered (16). Husson ranked second nationally in total defense, rushing defense, first downs defense and 3rd down conversion pct. defense, while producing top ten finishes in team passing efficiency defense (10th), 4th down conversion pct. defense (4th) and fumbles recovered (6th).
Caseta’s defense set single-season school records for assisted tackles (326), tackles for loss (85.0), yards from tackles for loss (333), fewest rushing yards allowed (604), lowest average yards per rush (1.73), fewest rushing yards per game, total defense, and total defense per play (3.64).
Caseta guided seven players to All-ECFC selections in 2015, Matt Pellerin, Luke Washburn, Ellis Throckmorton, Marquis Jimenez, Alonzo Connor, Ian Palmer, and including senior linebacker Bryant Wade, who was the third straight Eagle Player to named ECFC Defensive Player of the Year. Wade was also named a Finalist for the Cliff Harris Award for the top small college Defensive Player of the Year.
Caserta joined the Eagles staff after spending the 2014 season as a linebackers coach at Maine Maritime Academy.
Caserta spent the 2013 season at his alma mater, Saginaw Valley State University, as a graduate assistant linebackers coach and video coordinator.
Caserta was a four-year letterwinner and three-year captain as a linebacker for the Cardinals from 2008-12. He was voted All-GLIAC in three seasons from 2010-12. Off the field, he was named to the Dean’s List every semester and All-GLIAC Academic Team all four years. Caserta was a Capital One first team Academic All-American as a senior.
Caserta earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State in 2012 and a Master of Business Administration in 2013.
Caserta lives in Bangor, Maine with his wife, Caitlin and their son, Jameson.