UMES Hall Of Famer Michael Casey Recieves Alumni Honor
UMES Hall of Famer and member of the 1974 National Invitational Tournament team Dr. Michael D. Casey, was recognized recently by the school’s National Alumni Association, as they inducted him into the UMES Hall of Excellence.
A 1975 graduate of UMES (Business Administration), Casey first earned accolades helping the men’s basketball team to a MEAC regular-season and tournament championship in 1974. The team went on to earn a spot in the NIT, becoming the first HBCU to earn a birth in the event. Casey’s team finished the season with a 27-2 record, and was ranked as high as No. 20 in the National Associated Press (AP) poll. The Hawks one regular season loss was enough to keep them out of the NCAA Tournament, which just took 25 teams at the time.
The ceremony read that Casey’s “accomplishments and accolades are many as he extends himself in both his commitment to his career, his community, and to his alma mater.” Casey has been an educator and administrator for more than 26 years. After earning his degree from UMES, Casey went on to earn numerous other degrees and certifications. He received his Ph.D in Education Administration and Supervision from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He earned his Education Administration and Supervision license from the University of Virginia and holds a Master of Science degree in Special Education from George Mason University.
The Alexandria, Va native graduated from T.C. Williams High School, where he played basketball as a member of the Northern Virginia AAA Regional and District Championship Teams. Casey is a life member of the UMES National Alumni Association and a great supporter of Hawk Athletics. He was inducted as part of a six-person class, including Sandra Odoms Anderson, Alphonso Hawkins, Marie Webb, Dr. Russell Irvine and Erika Thompson.