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Casanova, Len

Len Casanova '27
  • Sport: Football
  • Years Coached: 1946-1949 (4 Seasons)
  • Overall Record: 21-13-3
  • Orange Bowl (Beat Kentucky 21-13 on January 2, 1950)
  • 1977 inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
  • 1990 AFCA Amos Alonzo Stagg Award winner for contributions to sport of football
  • Inducted in 1969

As a freshman in 1923, Len Casanova (‘27) stepped onto the University of Santa Clara’s campus to play football and baseball. His standout athletic career as a halfback and punter, was highlighted by a 97 yard punt, one of the longest punts in college football history. His success on the field made him well equipped for a successful coaching career. Casanova began as assistant coach to the legendary “Buck” Shaw for 3 seasons from 1936-39. During the suspension of football, 1939 and 1942, Casanova took over as general manager of the Bronco Baseball program. After its return, he eventually assumed the role of head football coach from 1946-1950. His time as head coach of the football program culminated in a 21-13-3 record as well as an Orange Bowl victory in 1950 against Bear Bryant’s heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats. In 1964 Casanova was named president of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), and in 1977 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. For his accomplishments and commitment Casanova received an Honorary Doctorate degree in 1989 from Santa Clara University. In 1990, the AFCA presented the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award to Casanova for his contributions to the sport of football.

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