Dominick (Don) R. Cassetori

About This Inductee

With over 30 singles titles and another 38 double titles, Don ranks as the winningest player in Wyoming Valley tennis. After many wins in Wyoming Valley and Middle States competition, Don played number one singles for the 1986 National Runner-Up 4.5 team from Scranton. Don has won 11 season ending Wyoming Valley Grand Prix Championships. The Grand Prix Championships is a title given for having the most tournament wins for a season, a concept produced by Kirby Park Director Bill Eydler. Don has been ranked in the top 20 in Middle States and held the number one spot in Lehigh Valley singles three times. In 2009 he was ranked number one in the Middle States 4.0 doubles with partner Mark Dryfoss. His tournament championships are too numerous to list individually but he has won the Reading Suburban Doubles championship with Marty Coyne and has won the 35 and over singles titles in Altoona and Williamsport. Don has also partnered with many Wyoming valley standouts like Fred Straus, Don Robbins, Chuck Brand, Rick Barletta and fellow inductee Loraine Sharp. From 2003 to present Don, a certified teaching pro, has been the Pro at Kingston Indoor Tennis and is respected as one of the best pros in the region. He has helped coach many outstanding students such as Stefan Rainer, 1990 District Champion and State quarter-finalist; also Sean Kelleher of Forty Fort, National Grass and Hard Court Champion, as well as his daughter Dominique, two timed MVP of the Peach Belt Conference University of South Carolina women’s team. Two time District gold medalist and outstanding NYU player P.J. Marranca and Steve Brand, Division I Rider players were also his students. Don has had great success in team and inter-district Middle States play and as recently as 2008 was on the USTA sectional championship team. Don was a Secondary Education teacher at Wyoming Area High School from 1965 to 2002 and at Wyoming Seminary in 2008 and 2009. He coached the Warrior tennis team from 1990 to 2003 having one District champion in 1990.