Springfield College in Super Bowl XXXVIIIFebruary 13, 2004
Springfield College, the Birthplace of Basketball, was again well represented in this year’s football Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots.
Carolina tight ends coach Dave Magazu earned a bachelor of science in 1980 from Springfield College. Magazu, a native of Taunton, Mass., was a four-year starter at defensive tackle. In his senior season in 1979, Springfield College recorded an 8-2 mark, which was the team’s highest-victory total in 14 seasons.
Mike Woicik, the Patriots’ strength and conditioning coach for four seasons, earned a master’s degree in physical education in 1980. Woicik began his strength and conditioning training at Springfield College in 1978. He served as a track coach and weight room coordinator from 1978 to 1980. Woicik, who is now in his 14th season in the NFL, also helped produce three Super Bowl championships in Dallas from 1990 to 1996.
Springfield College graduates who have played a part in past Super Bowls include Charlie Casserly, senior vice president and general manager of the Houston Texans, who earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 1971 and his master’s degree in guidance in 1973. Casserly was part of three Super Bowl-winning Washington Redskins teams, as assistant general manager in 1982 and 1987, and as general manager in 1992.
John Ramsdell, who earned a bachelor of science in health, physical education and recreation from Springfield College in 1976, just concluded his seventh season as assistant coach for the St. Louis Rams. Ramsdell, who was a two-year letterman at fullback at S.C., was an assistant coach on the Rams’ teams that went to the Super Bowl in 2000 and 2002.
Other Springfield College alumni in the NFL include Jason Arapoff ’89, strength and conditioning coach of the Detroit Lions; Rusty Jones ’76, strength and conditioning coach of the Buffalo Bills; Kevin Spencer ‘75, special team coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers; Jon Torine ‘95, strength and conditioning coach for the Indianapolis Colts; and Ollie Wilson ’73, running backs coach of the Atlanta Falcons.