Former St. Xavier Coach Steve Rasso Touched Lives


Posted on 12/17/2014 at 5:13pm

Steve Rasso, who spent 26 years at St. Xavier High School of a coaching career that spanned nearly four decades, passed away Tuesday, the school announced this morning. Rasso, who coached the Bombers from 1978-2003, was 76.

“With great sadness, St. Xavier reports that former teacher and head football coach Steve Rasso has passed away,” St. Xavier President Fr. Tim Howe SJ said on the school’s website. “Coach Rasso touched so many lives throughout his career; he will he will truly be missed.”

Rasso, who also had coaching stints at GCL South members Elder (assistant from 1963-65) and La Salle (head coach from 1968-75), posted a 189-86-2 record at St. Xavier, including six GCL championships, 11 state playoff appearances, five regional titles and three state runner-up finishes, in 1992, 1998 and 2001.  Overall, Rasso amassed a 249-122-6 record in his head coaching career.

Current Bombers coach Steve Specht also played for and was an assistant (defensive coordinator) under Rasso, who Specht calls his mentor.  Specht took over as head coach in 2004, the year after Rasso retired from coaching.

St. Xavier is encouraging former players and students to share their memories of Rasso, who was a physical education teacher.  If you wish to send a message that will be posted on the school’s website, please email

Rasso is survived by his wife, Sally, children Steve Jr., Francine and Maria, and his grandchildren.  The school will announce details about funeral services when they are available. article
St. Xavier Memorial Page