It has been speculated that Nick Cesario is next in line to follow in Scott Pioli's footsteps now that Pioli will assume the GM position in Kansas City.
Nick Caserio spent the 2007 season as the Patriots’ wide receivers coach after a three-year stint as the Patriots' director of pro personnel (2004-06). He is entering his eighth season with the Patriots and his eighth in the NFL. In his one season as the Patriots' wide receivers coach, Caserio tutored a unit that combined for 292 receptions for 3,814 yards and 39 touchdowns - one season after the team’s wide receivers totaled 156 catches for 1,798 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Patriots' 2007 wide receivers included All-Pro Randy Moss, who set an NFL record with 23 touchdown receptions, and Wes Welker, who tied for the NFL lead with 112 receptions - the highest reception total in NFL history for a player in his first season with a new team.
Caserio joined the Patriots in June of 2001 as a personnel assistant and celebrated the Patriots' first Super Bowl title that season. During that year, his role was expanded to include film breakdown and scouting report preparation for the offensive staff. He became an offensive coaching assistant on Bill Belichick's staff in February of 2002, and returned to player personnel in 2003 as an area scout prior to becoming director of pro personnel in 2004. In addition to his duties in the personnel department, Caserio handled press box responsibilities for the coaching staff on game days from 2003-06.
He entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Saginaw Valley State University in 1999 and spent two seasons with the program. The Cardinals finished the 2000 season 9-2 and qualified for the Division II playoffs. Following a brief time with Central Michigan as a graduate assistant in the spring of 2001, he joined the Patriots scouting department.
Caserio was a standout player at John Carroll University, starting at quarterback in each of his four seasons where the teams compiled a 33-7-2 record. He was a two-time captain and three-time All-Conference performer. In 1997, he helped to lead the Blue Streaks to a 10-2 record and the school's second appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament, where it advanced to the national quarterfinals.
Caserio is a native of Lyndhurst, Ohio . He was a teammate of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels at John Carroll. He earned his degree in finance from John Carroll and later earned his Master of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State. Caserio was a three-time Academic All-Conference selection at John Carroll.