Marino H. Casem
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Marino H. Casem was born to the union of Eloise King Casem and Benito A. Casem on June 23, 1934. He was a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a resident of Baton Rouge, LA. He entered eternal life on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Baton Rouge General Hospital on Bluebonnet Blvd in Baton Rouge, LA at the age of 85. Marino graduated from St. Augustine High School in Memphis, TN. During the first week of his freshman year at Xavier University of Louisiana, he met his future wife, Betty Jean McCain. After graduating from Xavier University of Louisiana, he became certified in Corrective Therapy. Marino began his career in education and coaching at Utica Junior College in Utica, Mississippi after serving in the United States Army from 1957-1959. He then joined his wife at Alcorn State University where he was Assistant Football Coach and instructor in Health and Physical Education. He received his master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. In 1963, Marino became the Head Football Coach at Alabama State University. He returned to Alcorn in 1964 as Head Football Coach and Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education. In 1966, he also became Director of Athletics. In 1986, Marino became Athletic Director at Southern University. He retired in 1999. Marino served on many national committees. During his professional career, he received numerous awards and citations. A few of the many notables are the following: Southwestern Athletic Conference Football Coach of the Year in 1968, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1984, The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 2003, Black College Football Hall of Fame 2014, Doctor of Humane Letters Alcorn State University 2017, ESPN's Top 100 Greatest of All Time Football Coaches. He was an active member of St. Joseph's Cathedral. Marino and his wife received the St. Joseph Apprentice Award in 2016. He was also a member of the Knights of Peter Claver. He was a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Marino was also a member of Men of Distinction. Marino is survived by his wife of 63 years, a sister-in-law, Sylvia McCain, five nephews, four nieces, and many great nephews and nieces, and friends. He also leaves to cherish his memory two very special young ladies, Alexis and Simone Craven, whom he was very proud of and honored to be Paw Paw. Marino was preceded in death by his parents, his grandmother Bessie Hall King, his grandfather Roy King, his brother Benito A. Casem, Jr., his sister-in-law Patricia N. Casem, and his brother-in-law Billy Joe McCain, Sr. Marino loved his wife, his family, friends, and the young men and women he touched throughout life and athletics. Marino was extremely proud of the phenomenal success of the student athletes he coached and mentored throughout his career. Above all, Marino loved people and doing all he could for his fellow man. As he always said which was fitting of him, "There are people who are born into greatness like Kings, Queens, Maharajas, and Potentates, but then there are men who achieve greatness and ascend to legendary status." Marino Casem is one of those giants among men. Regretfully, due to the present public health situation, a private graveside service on Saturday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m. will be conducted by Father Paul Counce at Green Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery. A drive through viewing will follow at 11:30 a.m. The service can be viewed via Facebook Live on @southernuniversitybatonrouge Facebook page. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Davis and Son. On www.hallsinc.net, a guest book is available for all to sign. A memorial service will take place at a later date.

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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2020.
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May 18, 2020
Marino Casem was a father, coach and a friend. He was always there for me, that what a real father does. He was the person that informed me, I had been drafted by San Diego. He imparted so much knowledge and wisdom in me. Coach you will live on forever. Thank you God for the blessing of coach Casem. I love you too Mrs Casem!!
Henry Bradley
Friend
May 18, 2020
Henry Bradley
Friend
May 2, 2020
Coach Casem was one of the toughest and best coaches that I ever had. I learned about the game of life from his football strategies and techniques. Rest in Peace Coach. Our prayers are with you and your family Mrs. Casem
Leroy Byars
May 2, 2020
Uncle Marino. You have known me for 2 days short of 61 years I have been on this earth from the day I was born. To describe our relationship I would need to write a book to talk about 61 years. My life will never be the same without you. However you prepared me well for the future. I have stories for days about our lives together. Years and years of fun and laughter. You and dad were my role models through out my life. I appreciate everything you taught me over the years. Even though I cant call you and visit you right now I know that we will be together in Heaven one day. I already know what you want me to do, take care of Auntie Betty. No worries there Uncle Marino. To the Chapter Invisable of Kappa Alpha Psi. Rest peacefully Uncle Marino for you are bigger than life. Love ya forever and ever. Your nephew Joe ♦♦♦
Billy Joe McCain, Jr.
Family
May 2, 2020
We would like to send our deepest condolences to Mrs. Casem and the Casem family. It was a privilege to know Coach Casem. He helped turn boys into men. He was a fantastic coach, teacher, and father figure.

Alonzo Stevens
Student
May 2, 2020
Uncle Reno,

You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever. You touched so many lives in so many ways. A true pillar to the community. May you rest in peace and you & paw paw have fun in Heaven until we meet again one day.
Derek McCain
Family
May 2, 2020
Uncle Reno, it is such a blessing to have had you in my life. Youre such an amazing person and role model. Youre a legacy and Im so proud to call you Uncle. I know you and Paw Paw will have so much fun in heaven together. I love you and I will miss you so much!
Jessica McCain
Family
May 2, 2020
Rest In Peace Coach. You truly touched the lives of many. Condolences to the Casem family.
Donald Champs
Student
May 2, 2020
My deepest condolences are extended to the entire Casem family. After my father died when I was only two, Coach became like a father to me. He was tough but fair. I owe my 11 year NFL career, beautiful family and commitment to serve the lessons he taught us all under the unfiorgiving hills of Alcorn A&M College. This one is hard but I hope you will take comfort , as I have, in knowing that he made a difference and will forever be remembered in the lives he's changed. Love you Coach and Momma Betty.
Dianne Washington
May 2, 2020
God bless the family. He was a wonderful person i am honored to have worked with him. Paulette Funchess
Paulette Funchess
Coworker
May 2, 2020
Marino was a great man who has touched many lives. He always had a smile on his face and always tried to but a smile on mine. He always encouraged me and always told me how proud he was. Rest in peace "Uncle Reno."
Roy Wells
Family
May 2, 2020
God bless you Coach Marino Casem. You were one of my Father's dearest friends. You were a part of my family. I love you and I will miss you. Rest in heaven sir, after all the great work you have done in this world, God will welcome you into his wonderful kingdom. You and Dad will have great fun talking about football. :-) I love you.
Michael Alexander
Friend
May 2, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Coach Marino Casem. Thanks for being the light to so many of us as our paths crossed over the years. You were such a great mentor, leader, coach, and one of great wisdom. Gone but not forgotten! Mrs. Casem, I pray that the love of family and friends lift you up and carry you through this difficult time.
Beverly Reed Lockett
Friend
May 1, 2020
He will be truly missed ..Im Marino Chico Walker, name after the ICON Marino Casem..He was considered my Grandfather by me but was know as My Godfather..I grew up under him and he always taught me to give and receive RESPECT..even as an athlete..Im going to miss you Pa...Momma Betty will be taken care of..-Love Marino Walker
Marino
Grandchild
May 1, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Willie Holmes
Student
May 1, 2020
You were a gentle giant Coach. You always treated me like a daughter. I will always be grateful for your presence in my life. I will cherish the great memories. I love you Coach Casem! Heaven has gained another Angel. RIH "The Godfather."
Lisa Whitney
Family
May 1, 2020
I first met Coach Casem as a freshman at Alcorn State, he was very strict, sincere and well organized in what he believed in in making you a whole person. Our condolences goes out to the family. May he rest in peace and God have mercy on his soul. ( 3 yards and a cloud of dust.)
Clarence Scutter
Student
May 1, 2020
Great man, coach, leader, motivator and role model. His tough love turned boys into men. Playing football at Alcorn State University under hos leadership is an experience I'll cherish forever. Rest in peace Godfather---Tazz
Steven Johnson
Student
May 1, 2020
For years, I read and heard stories of Mario "The Godfather" Casem. I finally met him when Alcorn named the stadium after him. It was a great honor to have met an Alcorn Legend. GOD bless the family during this time.
Cedric Tillman
May 1, 2020
Ma Betty and Big Papa in DC
Big Papa I am going to miss your parenting wisdom, your unconditional love, and guidance. God blessed us with unique vessel magnify and uplift people of all walks of life. I love you dearly and I will caring your legacy and leadership to unite all through sports and life.
Lonzo Sasso
Grandchild
April 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Nathaniel Harrison
April 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Nathaniel Harrison
April 30, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
#99 ASU84
Student
April 30, 2020
I admired Coach Marino Casem during my stay at Alcorn State University. He was a man that lived his life honorably and humbly. What a beautiful smile.
Al Sullivan
Student
April 30, 2020
I am deeply saddened by your departure from this world. I will never forget all that you taught me about life and being a man. When I was in pain you were there. I pray for Mrs. Casem that GOD embraces her and hold her close to his heart to let her know that it is alright. Love you Coach rest in peace.
Clifton Davis
April 30, 2020
Marino, was a great coach and mentor and a Kappa. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mrs. Casem and the Alcorn family .
Love, 1st Sgt. Odell Jenkins and my lovely wife Sharon


Odell Jenkins
Friend
April 30, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Marvin
Student
April 30, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Susan Ratcliff
Student
April 30, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Deborah
Student
April 30, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Elaine Thomas
Student
April 30, 2020
Condolences to family and friends GODBLESS. Rest well Coach
Greg Daniels
Student
April 30, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Billy
Student
April 30, 2020
RIP Coach you will live on through us all . SWAC 1984
Willie Brown
Student
April 30, 2020
Prayers and Condolences to the family. He was an awesome coach, teacher and friend. RIP
Monica Stewart
Student
April 30, 2020
My wife and I attended Alcorn State University 1961-1965. He was an awesome coach and teacher.
David Sr.
Friend
April 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Belinda Johnson
Friend
April 30, 2020
Condolences to his family and much love to Mrs Betty Casem. I thank God for Legacy in athletics, community service, and academia. His embracement of others was outstanding. He will truly be missed.
Richard Williams
Friend
April 30, 2020
Rip Coach, You have fought a good battle rest on. My prayers are with Mrs Casem and family. The Neal family Bennie,Stephanie,Stefen,Samuel (Red Oak,Tx)
Bennie Neal
Student
April 30, 2020
Praying for Ms. Betty and the entire family in the passing of Marino Casem. Special prayers for Simone and Alexis Craven who loved him so dearly.
LouEtta Burkins
Friend
April 30, 2020
Coach Casem was developer of men , great teacher and football coach. He made us champions on the field at Alcorn State and taught us how to live off the playing field.We will miss you coach. Rest In Peace.
Lawrence Watkins
April 29, 2020
From 1980 to 1989, Coach Marino H. Casem was my boss at Alcorn State University and Southern University-Baton Rouge. For the 40 years that transpired since first meeting him, he was my mentor. The lessons I learned from the Godfather of the SWAC were life lessons. He taught me and everyone around him how to seek excellence in every task ahead of you. He taught you what hard work looked like and how outworking others would help you be victorious, no matter what the challenge is. He taught you how to be professional, how to never settle for just being mediocre and how to win with pride and how to lose with dignity. He was a legend whose legacy will surely live on.
Lonza Hardy Jr.
Friend
April 29, 2020
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April 29, 2020
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