Legendary coach’s legacy spans generations
Bob Caswell honored at Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough — where he made his mark on the diamond
A modest man’s legacy is best measured by the number of contemporaries that continue his teachings. In the case of local baseball legend Bob Caswell, that legacy spans generations.
Caswell, the owner and operator of Power Series Sports in Milford, closed the doors on the facility at the end of June due to a terminal illness.
“I can’t keep up the pace any more at Power Series,” stated Caswell in a recent interview. As word of Caswell’s health issues spread, baseball programs from around the region are paying him respects.
On June 22, the Mascenic baseball program retired Caswell’s number, holding a ceremony during its annual alumni game. The honor was fitting in that Mascenic provided Caswell with his first-ever head coaching job in 1987.
Caswell would serve as skipper for the team through 1997, never failing to make it to the semi-final round of the playoffs and twice finishing as state runner-up. In 1989, Caswell was named New Hampshire Coach of the Year.
“Looking back, the best time of my life was coaching here at Mascenic,” Caswell said at the ceremony. “Interacting with student-athletes is something that I love; it makes me feel like I did something right.”
After leaving Mascenic, Caswell started his own company, Power Series Sports, an instructional facility for baseball and softball players of all ages and abilities. Being a full-time baseball instructor was something that Caswell always wanted to do.
“My first love was baseball. I have always had passion for the game and have always enjoyed coaching,” said Caswell.
Power Series attracted talented baseball and softball players and teams from all over New England.
“I wasn’t sure the idea of Power Series was going to work, but it did,” said Caswell. Power Series provided an avenue for Caswell to spread his love and knowledge for the game. As his instructional prowess spread, teams of all levels around the state took notice.
Caswell’s knowledge of baseball landed him a job at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., in 1994, serving as an assistant coach. Caswell went on to become assistant coach at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, the Nashua Pride, a former professional baseball team out of Nashua, and head coach for the New Hampshire Vipers.
The Vipers are one of the premier AAU baseball programs in New England. Caswell took the Vipers around the country, competing in state, regional, and national tournaments.
While coaching the Vipers, Caswell continued to serve as groundskeeper for both the Wilton-Lyndeborough and Mascenic baseball fields. In return, his AAU teams would always have a field to practice on.
On May 26, WLC honored Caswell by dedicating the field that he maintained during a beautiful Memorial Day weekend doubleheader between WLC and Mascenic.
“It was a pleasure to play on his fields,” said current Wilton-Lyndeborough coach Paul Trombley. “His fields were perfectly groomed; the infields were always perfectly crafted. Teams would be in awe of our field when they came to play us.”
Longtime friend and current Boynton athletic director Bruce McComish, who hired Caswell at Mascenic, echoed Trombley in his praise.
“I hired him at Mascenic back when I was the AD there — I got a groundskeeper and a coach. He would put his salary back into the field. Teams used to love to go to the fields that he worked on because they knew they would be perfect.”
Trombley preaches Caswell’s techniques to his high school team, and is only one of the many coaches around the area to do so. ConVal coach Mike Marschok has been teaching the Caswell way for years, saying, “His demeanor and approach to the game is spot on.”
Marschok, who coached one of the top players in the state this season in pitcher Ivon Clough, has Caswell to thank for grooming Clough into the player he is today.
“I love him; he’s helped me with so many things,” said Clough, who has worked out under Caswell for years. “He will always be with me in my head and heart. The guy is a legend. I dedicate a lot of my success to him. He teaches you to play real, gritty, baseball. I’ll miss him so much. I’ve traveled all over New England with him for showcases; let me tell you, he has baseball figured out. He knows how to teach it, he’s an unreal teacher of the game.”
Kevin Rines, current baseball coach for Mascenic, attended Mascenic himself and was coached by Caswell.
“He got a lot of respect from the players right off the bat when he came to Mascenic. You knew that you had the best coach on the field on your side,” said Rines, who preaches the Caswell way to his current players.
“I still use a lot of his strategy. I learned a lot about set plays and timing plays from him. He always preached discipline and getting better.”
As Caswell’s coaching career winds down and coaches and players around the area pay him respects, his humility reigns supreme.
“I want to recommend that Bruce go into the Coaches’ Hall Of Fame,” said Caswell prior to the Mascenic alumni game. “I really appreciate all of the tribute and recognition; it’s awesome.”
Although Caswell can no longer teach lessons, his contemporaries have picked up the slack in his honor.
“There is not one coach that I have met with anywhere near the knowledge of the game that he has,” said Rines.
Thanks to his tireless work ethic and dedication to instructing youth over the years, anyone who plays baseball in the Monadnock region knows the name Caswell.
“He’s simply known as Caswell throughout the area. He has more respect than any coach has ever had,” said McComish.
Dylan Fisher can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.