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Former Hawk Vincent Sasso Turned Principal

Former HawkMany students have come and gone throughout the years at Monmouth University and have went on to do some great things in their lives. Monmouth alum and former football player Vincent Sasso stepped away from his football days to enter the next chapter of his life.

Dr. Sasso is a member of the class of 1998 and graduated with a Special Education Degree. During his time at Monmouth University, he was also part of the Monmouth football team where he played free safety.

While Sasso attended Monmouth as undergraduate from 1994 to 1998 that was not the end of his educational journey at Monmouth University, “I also attended from 2018 to 2020 and just graduated in August with my Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership,” said Sasso.

In 2002, Sasso also received his Master of Arts in Urban Education from New Jersey City University and later on went to receive his Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision in 2005 from New Jersey City University as well.

Sasso became the Vice Principal of Old Bridge High School in 2006 all the way until 2012. He remained Old Bridge’s Vice Principal until 2013 where he was promoted to be the principal of the school where he still currently works. This year marks Sasso’s ninth year as the principal of Old Bridge High School.

When asked what he liked most about Monmouth, Sasso talked about some of the relationships he made, something you seldomly see at big state universities. “I always enjoyed the personal touch Monmouth University had with each student. I never felt alone and always had someone to go to if I needed something,” said Sasso. “It felt like I was part of one big family.”

Sasso also had some advice for the current students looking to break their way into the world. His advice was to find something their passionate about and strive for it. They should follow that passion all the way through. In the words of the famous John Wooden, “make each day your masterpiece.”

Sasso also attributed his professors for helping him get to where he is today, “The professors at Monmouth prepared me for the future by challenging me and providing opportunities for real-life experiences.”

As a football player, there are so many memories Sasso has from his collegiate career. It is natural to have so many memories spending so much time wearing the blue and white but his fondest memory had to be his last home game against Wagner.

“Wagner was starting to become a big rival for us and to walk off Kessler Stadium for the last time after beating Wagner 51-7 was a moment I’ll never forget,” said Sasso.

Since he was a student athlete, Sasso got an opportunity not all students have by forming relationships with his teammates and coaches. He did not waste that opportunity.

“My favorite part of being a student athlete was the relationship and lifelong friendships that I made with my teammates,” said Sasso.

Sasso than credited head coach Kevin Callahan for being much more than just a coach to him during his time at Monmouth, “Coach Callahan was so much more than a coach and his leadership support and guidance created a family of winners,” said Sasso. “It is no surprise that 25 years later, coach Callahan is still leading the Monmouth University football program to greatness.”

Dr. Vincent Sasso made the most of his time at Monmouth University and continued to be a leader as the principal of Old Bridge High School.

PHOTO COURTESY of Monmouth Athletics